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

The unique topography of Mariner's Marsh Park has arisen partly from human handiwork, with nature completing the setting. Dotting the park's varied landscape are ten ponds, all of which were created in the early 20th century, when this was a bustling industrial workplace. Today, wildlife has reclaimed the area. The story of Mariner's Marsh represents a welcome twist to the typical scenario of environmental destruction at the hands of industrial development. Here animals and plants have benefitted from human alterations to the environment. People have lived, prospered, and altered the environment in Mariner's Marsh Park for centuries. Ancestors of the Lenape Indians camped here. Their burial and village sites were uncovered during an archaeological dig by the Museum of Natural History in the early 1900's. Native Americans survived on the rich beds of shellfish and other wildlife that flourished in the nearby salt marshes along the Island's shoreline (some of these marshes still e…

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