New trail at Sydney’s Pond
The City Council recently appropriated $102,817 from the Community Preservation Fund to design and construct a walking trail around Sydney’s Pond. Through a state grant, the city in 2008 acquired a 39-acre parcel that includes the pond. The purchase added a critical piece to an area of open space in south Peabody that also includes Cedar Grove Cemetery, the Meadow at Peabody Golf Course, and a network of undeveloped parcels surrounding Lower Spring Pond, according to Brendan Callahan, senior planner for the city. He said with the land around the pond included, the overall space totals more than 300 acres. The new trail will provide access points to the pond from several neighborhoods. Callahan said the trail will have a natural dirt surface in some areas, while in others it will consist of a stone-dust path or a boardwalk. One portion of the trail, on the north side of the pond, will be designed to provide access to people with limited mobility. Callahan said the design is expected to be completed by the spring, with construction scheduled in late spring or early summer.