Duck Pond

Era photo by Jessie Schoonover

For more than a decade, Bradford’s community duck pond near Willowdale cemetery has been disappearing, overwhelmed by increasing vegetation and building soil sediment. Area resident Steve Cavallaro has adopted the pond as a restoration project and received approval from necessary state and local officials on Friday, as well as the cemetery’s property owner, to commence rebuilding; which is expected to begin by the end of August. Many locals and those familiar with the area have shared their memories of the duck pond with Cavallaro, who has been working for permission to restore the pond for the last three months. He hopes to extend the invaluable experience of visiting the scenic pond to current and future generations. 

Three months ago, Bradford native Steven Cavallaro was told it would be impossible to restore the duck pond adjacent to Willow Dale Cemetery along West Washington Street in Bradford.

Cavallaro has now collected more than 700 signatures from area residents seeking to re-establish the pond, and expects it will be suitable for ducks to return by next summer.

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