Pond restoration wins environmental preservation award

Perkins Superintendent Dorinda Rife, Executive Director of the Perkins Trust Kathy Sheehan and Perkins President and CEO Dave Power accepting award.

From left: Perkins Superintendent Dorinda Rife, Executive Director of the Perkins Trust Kathy Sheehan and Perkins President and CEO Dave Power attended a ceremony Thursday to accept the Watertown Historical Commission's Environmental Preservation Award for Perkins' pond restoration project.

June 14, 2014

Perkins has been recognized by the Watertown Historical Commission for its restoration of Perkins Pond, a multi-year project that transformed the one-time overgrown body of water into a safe, accessible resource where students can enjoy nature and study environmental science.

Commission Chair David Russo presented Perkins President and CEO Dave Power with the 2014 Environmental Preservation Award at a ceremony held Thursday, May 5 at The Commander’s Mansion in Watertown, Massachusetts. The award is given annually to an organization that restores or beautifies "property which had previously fallen into disrepair or neglect."

Used for decades by Perkins students for recreation – boating and skating were especially popular – the pond was closed in 1982 due to safety concerns. Post-restoration, the pond is enclosed for safety and features an accessible bridge from which teachers and students can conduct experiments and observe wildlife.

"We are so grateful to the Watertown Historical Commission for this recognition and its ongoing support of our work on this important restoration project," said Power. "I have heard from several Perkins alums about how much fun they had at the pond. This project brings back those experiences for the current generation of Perkins students."