The interpretive signs for Collect Pond Park illustrate the history of a buried New York landmark, Collect Pond, which was one of New York’s primary sources of fresh water until it was polluted and filled in in the early 19th century. The signs, designed by Nancy Owens Studio with graphic designer Laurel Marx and written by historian Gerard Koeppel, tell the story of the historic pond and its eventual demise, highlighting the dynamic relationship between the site’s natural features and the evolving urban landscape.
OLD CROTON AQUEDUCT
The Old Croton Aqueduct, completed in 1842, was one of America’s great engineering achievements in urban infrastructure and played a significant role in the development of New York City. The aqueduct slopes gently downward, using only gravity to move water 41 miles from the Croton Dam in northern Westchester to a Distributing Reservoir at 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue. Nancy Owens Studio was commissioned by the NYC Department of Parks, in consultation with DEP, to design an interpretive signage system for the 15-mile portion of the Aqueduct Walk that passes through the Bronx and Manhattan. Working with architect and historian Kevin Bone, graphic designer Laurel Marx, and FTL Design Engineering Studio, the firm designed three-sided interpretive sign structures that will be sited at significant locations along the trail.
JEROME WETLAND WALK
The Jerome Wetland Walk is located adjacent to the Croton Water Treatment Plant in Van Cortlandt Park. Nancy Owens Studio designed an educational and directional signage system for the Walk, in collaboration with graphic designer Laurel Marx and in consultation with an ecologist. The signs highlight the ecological functions of wetlands, identify plant and wildlife species, and describe the effects of invasive plants.