Portland forum to provide update on Capisic Pond
PORTLAND — The city will again host a meeting to update the public on plans to bring new life to Capisic Pond and its surrounding park.
City Councilor Ed Suslovic will host the forum, scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 19, at 6:30 p.m., at the Deering High School cafeteria, 370 Stevens Ave.
The last public meeting, where consultants recommended dredging about 10,000 cubic yards of material from the area, was held more than a year ago.
Capisic Pond, the city's largest body of fresh water, dates to the late 1600s, when an area brook was dammed in order to build a grist mill. The existing dam and park were created about 60 years ago, but the pond became overgrown with cattails and slowly filled with silt.
While it encompassed more than six acres of open water in the 1950s, the pond now covers only about two.
The city is trying to redesign the pond and the park so that they're protected as wildlife habitats, but also are more usable as recreational space.
For the past 15 years, the city has been working to reduce sewage overflows into the pond as part of federally mandated improvements to storm-water management. A master plan for improving the watershed surrounding the pond was drafted last year.