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Donations to Make Webster Pond More Accessible

Scott Willis

A popular park in Syracuse’s Valley neighborhood is about to become more accessible to those with disabilities.  Covanta Onondaga, which operates the waste-to-energy plant, has pledged $2,300 to the Anglers Association of Onondaga to construct new bridges and make other improvements to trails at Webster Pond.  
  Anglers vice president Chad Norton has been a member since 1996, and uses a motorized wheelchair.  He says being able to go all the around the pond will feel like a new door has opened.
Onondaga County Legislature Chairman Ryan McMahon previously represented the area as a Syracuse Common Councilor.  

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People of all ages enjoy feeding the waterfowl at Webster Pond in Syracuse.

  In addition to Covanta’s initial donation, business manager Kathleen Carroll says they’ll match any donations made by businesses and residents to the anglers association.

Covanta's Kathleen Carroll says they're proud to help Webster Pond become ADA compliant.

The original timeline of just phase one was 2 to 3 years.   Now it should be done by year’s end.  Webster Pond attracts many guests, including staff and patients from the VA, school field trips, clubs, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s annual fishing events.  


Scott Willis covers politics, local government, transportation, and arts and culture for WAER. He came to Syracuse from Detroit in 2001, where he began his career in radio as an intern and freelance reporter. Scott is honored and privileged to bring the day’s news and in-depth feature reporting to WAER’s dedicated and generous listeners. You can find him on twitter @swillisWAER and email him at