The Pond in the Park

The pond project is being built in two phases, but are both part of a comprehensive sustainable plan for water management on our Museum campus. The first phase has just been completed: a “swale” designed to channel storm water run-off from the new building and landscape in a slow and controlled method though boulders and grassy areas heading towards the Pond.

The second phase, funded by a grant from the Clean water Management Trust Fund, is a very innovative retention of storm water run off from the new building, landscape and adjoining parking areas into a series of planted terraces. It is under construction now and will be partially planted this fall, with the balance planted in May/June. By October 2010, we will be able to dedicate this ambitious project as part of a progressive green initiative at NCMA.


  1. Stephanie Horton
    Posted July 11, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    Pond sighting

    My husband and I were walking on the trail across the pond wall early this morning and saw an immature Little Blue Heron stalking and feeding in the shallows at the pond edge. These elegant white birds with grayish bills and legs are dispersing from their breeding colonies at this time of year.

  2. Stephanie Horton
    Posted August 1, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Rainwater made the pond more lovely this weekend. The plantings look complete. You can hear the shrill bleat of the narrowmouth toads along with the calls of gray treefrogs and an occasional bullfrog in the evenings now.

  3. Stephanie Horton
    Posted March 21, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    Rough-winged swallows showed up again over the pond this weekend. The flock of hooded merganser hens is increasing there, and a southern leopard frog called from the shallows at dusk. March 17-18, 2012

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