Located at 7800 Brandonway Drive and nestled in the middle of the park between the Brandon, Woods of Dublin, Tree Tops of Brandon, and Bristol Commons subdivisions, Brandon Pond’s naturally wooded area, observation/fishing dock, and walking trails provide an accessible oasis of natural ecosystems. The Brandon Pond restoration project will enhance the existing pond by enlarging, deepening, and benching areas to create a variety of aquatic ecosystems. These ecosystems will promote the ability of the pond to sustain aquatic life and give the community a place to enjoy an enhanced park experience.
Current Status (updated February 2020)
Trees have been removed to clear space for the new spoil mounds (sediment and debris removed from the pond). Most of the trees will be mulched and buried under the spoil mounds. Some of the trees will be used to create habitat in areas around the pond. The contractor has drained the pond down to about a foot deep, and is beginning to reshape the pond based on the new design. MAD Scientist Associates, Inc., the City’s design consultant, is continuing to relocate wildlife.
Weather permitting, the project should be completed in April 2020. The construction area is limited to the pond area, with occasional recreation path closures for equipment access from Brandonway Drive. For additional information or questions regarding this project, please contact Landscape Architect Shawn Krawetzki at 614-410-4707 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the date for a community planting project on Saturday, April 25, 2020 in recognition of Earth Day. Details coming soon!
On Saturday, October 19, 2019, a team of over 60 community members volunteered their time to help save the wildlife of Brandon Pond. Through their efforts, approximately 500 fish, 350 tadpoles and thousands of macroinvertebrates were safely transported to their new home in ML Red Trabue Park. View photos here.
The Brandon Park pond was created in the early 1950s as a farm pond for use as a water source. In the mid-to-late 1980s, housing development began around the pond area, which is now completely surrounded by residential housing and public open space. The pond area has become a great park asset to the surrounding neighborhood and is valued as a natural refuge by residents and wildlife.
Reasons for the Project
Decline of the pond’s ecological health over the years and its unique habitat opportunities has inspired residents and staff to restore its condition. The pond has been “choked out” with sediment and biologic debris that has accumulated over the years. While this is a natural process, it has had a negative impact to the pond’s ecological system to a point that the balance of aquaculture is disappearing. If left unmanaged, the pond will further decline and eventually fill in completely.
Because of this unique habitat, the City of Dublin consulted MAD Scientist Associates, Inc. to develop a plan to restore the pond. The concept plans were presented at a public meeting held in March 2018 with positive feedback on plans to restore the pond’s health. Based on feedback from that meeting, staff and consultants presented the final design plans at a second public meeting in November, again receiving very positive feedback from residents.
Key Design Elements
The City respects how valuable this park is and is taking every measure to minimize impacts to the areas of higher quality and utilize areas in poor condition for spoils and restoration efforts.
- Spoils (sediment and debris) excavated from pond to ensure ecological impact to area is minimized
- Tree survey conducted to identify tree species and whether they are dead, fair or poor in health
- Areas with higher percentages of non-native plant species identified
- Spoil zones directed to low value tree, understory plant, and habitat areas
- Removed plants replaced with native species that provide better habitat and food sources for wildlife
Public Meeting Presentations