According to the Park Department history, the Fishermen's Island shelter/fireplace, Hopedale Pond,
was built in 1923 at a cost of $400.
The photo above was taken on May 19, 2003 on Fishermen's Island. The area was even more of a
mess than you can tell from this picture. In early 2006, I received an email from a high school student
who said he and some friends had camped there and had done some cleaning. When I got back there
in November 2006, (picture below) I saw a big improvement. There's still some trash and litter there,
but it's not nearly as bad as it was when I took the picture at the top. More of the chimney is gone,
If you don't know where the island is, take a look at this 1913 map. (It hasn't moved.) It's above the letter
D in POND. Even if you know where it is, it's worth a look at the map. Lots of interesting stuff there.
in the summer of 2011.
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