The Pond

The Nathaniel Wheeler Pond is the perfect place to sit, read, and relax!

Enjoy a piece of nature in the middle of York Village. 

The Library’s pond, a picturesque addition to the library’s grounds, was constructed along with the facility in 2001 and with substantial funding from the Nathaniel Wheeler Trust. The York Land Trust monitors the perimeters set forth in a conservation easement. 

The installation of the pond created a beautiful park-like setting in the heart of York Village. Multiple plants, shrubs, and trees help attract pollinators. The area is also enjoyed by people of all ages, not to mention ducks, frogs, turtles, a family of little green herons, several species of birds, and the occasional muskrat! 

Over the years, to supplement the work of professional landscape designers and groundskeepers, the Wheeler Trust, York Land Trust, Town of York, and volunteers have worked hard to maintain the pond’s health – an ongoing labor of love.


The Chronolog

Help us study our pond!  

The pond and surrounding grounds are one part of the Town’s stormwater management plan. The pond serves as a retention basin and accepts significant runoff from the surrounding roads and properties, helping to filter pollutants including salt and chemicals from rain and the snow storage along Long Sands Road. The pond also falls victim to invasive species, most acutely from phragmites.

To track the life and health of our pond, we have installed a Chronolog, a tool that helps monitor ecosystems with the assistance of community members and passers-by. All you need is a cell phone, and you can contribute to a time-lapse that documents how the pond changes over time. Thanks to the bracket, camera shots are lined up perfectly every time. 

You’ll find instructions right on the post:

1) Place your phone sideways in the bracket, and snap a pic. 

2) Email the photo to Use the subject line “YPL-101.”

3) After you hit send, you’ll receive a confirmation email – and a link to see your contribution in the time-lapse! 

 Here’s a short demo!