providing access to nearby nature for NYC children
The Ridgewood Reservoir Concept Plan enhances the ecological and cultural experience of visiting an urban wilderness within the remains of a dormant piece of water infrastructure. The design proposes to reinforce eight distinct ecologies found in the three reservoir basins, enriching a concentrated patch of woodland habitat in the City.
Ridgewood Reservoir was the primary source of freshwater for residents of Brooklyn and Queens from 1858 to 1898 when Brooklyn became part of New York City and began drawing from the Croton Aqueduct. In 1989, the reservoir basins were decommissioned, drained, and left fallow.