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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

  • Fri
    Mostly Sunny
    43°F
  • Sat
    Mostly Sunny
    41°F
  • Sun
    Slight Chc Rain/Snow
    44°F
  • Mon
    Chance Showers
    44°F

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