Do Not Feed the Birds, Fish, Turtles or any other creatures on the pond. It interferes with nature and spreads disease.
The over abundance of water fowl visiting and nesting at the pond has resulted in a significant algae bloom, turning the water green. This bloom is detrimental to the species living in the water. There is no effective solution to this problem, except to discourage the birds. Please do not feed!
Educate visitors to the park. Discourage those feeding the birds with kind words. Their intentions may be good, but their misguided actions are exacerbating the problem with bird feces and algae blooms.
The GPA has taken steps to prevent the Canada Geese from forming nests on the island. In early Spring, before planting day, the beds were enclosed with fencing in order to keep birds from entering the area. We hope this will alleviate many of our concerns about nesting and city wide Canada Geese population control.
The city of Lynn has been taking several steps to address the water quality at Goldfish Pond.
In February 2022, Water and Wetlands of Upton Mass has acquired the contract with the city of Lynn to treat the water in the ponds in Lynn including Goldfish Pond. See Water Reports Tab.
May 2019 aeration equipment was placed in the pond to add oxygen to the water.
Goldfish, crayfish, catfish, and many other species of fish have been observed in the pond. Paul Coombs wrote a paper on the various turtles in the pond. He noted Eastern Painted, Red Eared Sliders, and the Common Musk turtle.
Black-crowned Night Heron is a frequent visitor.
This bird dives for crayfish and other smaller fish.
They are a nice sight to see. However, do not feed the birds. Keep the wildlife free of human intervention as much as possible.
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The May Flower
2020 will mark the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s landing at Plymouth Rock and the creation of the Mayflower Compact, the first agreement for self-government in America. This document affirmed the importance of each person’s contribution to society.
In 1980, a small group of people who live around a city park and pond not far north of Plymouth joined together to improve their neighborhood. The Goldfish Pond Association was born and every spring since, members gather to beautify the heart-shaped pond and its neighboring streets by planting flowers. The association will celebrate its 40th year in 2020.
Ted Smiley created this Mayflower. It is not made of ancient timbers and sails; it is made of shining bright lights. A ship carries people to a new land and a flower spreads its seeds afar in the wind. Goldfish Pond’s flower will be a reminder of how people from many different places have joined together in this neighborhood, worked for a common purpose, and today raise their illuminating light to welcome others.