Ridgewood Reservoir

Janes Walk

Led By Matt Malina, NYC H2O

The Ridgewood Reservoir in Highland Park is a 50 acre natural oasis on the Brooklyn-Queens border. Built in 1859 to supply the once independent City of Brooklyn with high quality water, it became obsolete with the addition of new reservoirs in the Catskills in the 1950’s and was decommissioned in the 1980’s. Since then, nature took its course in a perfect case study of ecological succession and lush forest has grown inside its basins.

Sunday, May 5
11:00 AM
1-2 hours

Walk Details
Borough: Queens
Theme: Advocacy, Art & Architecture, Environment, History & Culture
Accessibility: Family-friendly, Wheelchair-friendly
The second basin of the Ridgewood Reservoir
The second basin of the Ridgewood Reservoir. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Nycleed. Modification: photo cropped.
Meeting Location

In the parking lot across from the Reservoir entrance on Vermont Place.


The J train is the nearest public transit

Closest Parking

We meet in a public parking lot.

Finding your walk leader

I will be wearing a grey baseball hat with NYC H2O imprinted on it.

Ending Location

Same as starting location

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