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Collect Pond Park

Leonard St. bet.ween Centre St. and Lafayette St.

Manhattan

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This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

Located on Leonard Street between Centre and Lafayette Streets, this park occupies the eighteenth century site of Collect Pond. The pond was a large, sixty-foot deep pool fed by an underground spring. The waters derived their name from seventeenth century Dutch settlers, who called it “kolch” meaning “small body of water”. Following the English capture of New Amsterdam (1664), the name was corrupted to “collect.” Throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Collect Pond was a favorite spot for picnics and ice-skating. In 1796, John Fitch (1743-1798) launched one of the first experimental steamboats on the waters. During this time, the pond was still clean enough to use for the area’s drinking water. By the early nineteenth century, however, New York City had transformed the sparkling waters into a communal open sewer. Disgusted, local authorities initiated a project to fill the sewer with earth from an adjacent hill. In 1805…

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Collect Pond Park Weather

  • Sun
    Slight Chc Snow
    32°F
  • Mon
    Wintry Mix
    31°F
  • Tue
    Mostly Sunny
    23°F
  • Wed
    Mostly Cloudy
    35°F

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