providing access to nearby nature for NYC children

RIDGEWOOD RESERVOIR FOREST WALK BROOKLYN
 

Ridgewood Reservoir was the primary source of fresh water 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 basins were decommissioned, drained, and abandoned. Over the following decades, eight distinct ecologies emerged in three reservoir basins, establishing a concentrated patch of wilderness in the city.

RAFT is working with NYCH2O and dcap to create a vision for Ridgewood Reservoir that will preserve this treasure and allow New York City children to access this rare ecological and cultural experience.

Funding for this project is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund

 
 
RIDGEWOOD RESERVOIR GATEHOUSE ENTRANCE
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    Black Locust Savanna

 

Black Locust Savanna

 Freshwater Wetlands

Freshwater Wetlands

 Birch, Locust, Poplar Forest

Birch, Locust, Poplar Forest

 Birch/Maple Swamp

Birch/Maple Swamp

 Mature Upland Forest

Mature Upland Forest

 Mature Coastal Forest

Mature Coastal Forest

 Northern Bog

Northern Bog

 Fresh Water Pond

Fresh Water Pond