Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Orchard Beach Lagoon

Directly across the parking lot from Orchard Beach is a protected body of water known as The Lagoon. While not a true lagoon, these waters became nearly landlocked with the creation of Orchard Beach in the 1930's. Once known as LeRoy's Bay, the lagoon served as the site for the 1964 Olympic Rowing Trials.
Along the southwestern shore is a neglected judging stand that resembles a relic from the 1964 Worlds Fair (Barbie Townhouse meets Soviet housing project). For years, I had thought this was one of those fake buildings that firemen use for training. A chain-link fence along with some rare common sense stopped me from entering.
The lagoon itself is attractive, and it is very easy to forget that you are in the Bronx. The surrounding land is all part of the massive Pelham Bay Park, maintained by the City of New York. It is still common to see rowing teams from Fordham, Sarah Lawrence, and Iona gliding across the water, with the only audience now being some egrets and herons.
Andrew Cusack: Rowing In Pelham Bay Park (photos from tower)
Yale Bulldogs: Connell Cup


Brenda's Arizona said...

You introduce me to a whole new world - and I really like the wikimapia you link to. I could go thru it for hours. Thank you!

Lisa said...

Oh what colors and history. Thank you.

Unknown said...

Brenda and OG,
Thanks! You can certainly kill some time on that wikimapia site.

Erica Houskeeper said...

Nice photos. The judging stand looks interesting. Is it owned by Pelham Bay Park/City of NY?

Unknown said...

There is a chain link fence around it unfortunately. Since it is in Pelham Bay Park, I would guess the NYC Parks Dept owns it.

name said...

Cool blog. Why is it not a real lagoon?