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Letters: Bring back reflecting pond

Restored mosaics are unveiled at the center mall

Restored mosaics are unveiled at the center mall at Jones Beach on Moniday Sept. 28, 2015 in Wantagh. Photo Credit: Newsday / Howard Schnapp

I'm glad the historic mosaics at Jones Beach have been restored ["Historic mosaics at Jones Beach restored," News, Sept. 29]. Now maybe the organizations responsible -- the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the nonprofit Foundation for Long Island State Parks -- will restore the reflecting pond. It has been filled in and planted with grass.

As a boy in the 1950s, I recall three reflecting ponds. Two were on Ocean Parkway, alongside the park's tower. They were lost when the roads were widened.

However, perhaps the third pond could be restored. It was located between the two walkways leading from the mosaics to the boardwalk. At the boardwalk, remnants of the fountain remain; the fountain fed the reflecting pond. The area was painted light blue-green and was about calf deep. To me, the pond said, "Welcome to a majestic place."

John M. Witthohn, West Babylon

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