Yes, tucked away among the high rises and the restaurants, there’s a pond in Ballston! The Ballston Beaver Pond was originally designed and constructed as a stormwater detention facility when the I-66 highway was built to collect and slow down the stormwater runoff from I-66.
In the 1990s, beavers moved into the pond and constructed a dam near the outflow structure, raising the water level higher than originally designed, and creating ponds and wetlands. The resulting Beaver Pond created habitat for many other animals as well, including muskrat, geese, ducks, herons, egrets, red wing blackbirds, several species of fish, turtles and others. It also has supported several types of marsh plants.