SYRACUSE PARKS
6:56 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Donations to Make Webster Pond More Accessible

A popular park in Syracuse’s Valley neighborhood is about to become more accessible to those with disabilities.  Covanta Onondaga, which operates the waste-to-energy plant, has pledged $2,300 to the Anglers Association of Onondaga to construct new bridges and make other improvements to trails at Webster Pond.  

Anglers Association Vice President Chad Norton, center, at a news conference at Webster Pond Thursday.  Looking on are Onondaga County Legislature Chair Ryan McMahon and Covanta Onondaga Business Manager Kathleen Carroll.
Anglers Association Vice President Chad Norton, center, at a news conference at Webster Pond Thursday. Looking on are Onondaga County Legislature Chair Ryan McMahon and Covanta Onondaga Business Manager Kathleen Carroll.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News
  Anglers vice president Chad Norton has been a member since 1996, and uses a motorized wheelchair.  He says being able to go all the around the pond will feel like a new door has opened.

Onondaga County Legislature Chairman Ryan McMahon previously represented the area as a Syracuse Common Councilor.  

People of all ages enjoy feeding the waterfowl at Webster Pond in Syracuse.
People of all ages enjoy feeding the waterfowl at Webster Pond in Syracuse.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

  In addition to Covanta’s initial donation, business manager Kathleen Carroll says they’ll match any donations made by businesses and residents to the anglers association.

The original timeline of just phase one was 2 to 3 years.   Now it should be done by year’s end.  Webster Pond attracts many guests, including staff and patients from the VA, school field trips, clubs, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s annual fishing events.