SWAN Park was created to encourage community engagement and support for our local wetlands. It is located on Sea Shell Lane on the southeastern shore of Fresh Pond. There are park benches on the grounds as well as a barn with space inside for projects, meetings, presentations and other events.
Working with the environmental engineering firm Nelson, Pope & Voorhis, we have designed a dock to be built on Fresh Pond in SWAN Park. Our hope is that the dock will help to engage the local community in recreational activities on the pond and inspire local residents to help revitalize and protect this precious resource. We have received a permit from the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and plan to apply soon with the Town of Smithtown.
There are several non-native, invasive plant species growing in and around Fresh Pond, including Phragmites, Eurasian Watermilfoil, Curly-leaf Pondweed and Parrot's Feather. We are developing a plan to begin eradicating these harmful plants, starting with the Phragmites that are located in SWAN Park, near the site of the future dock.