Have you spotted the sign for Mushroom Pond Open Space? It’s on Federal Boulevard, just north of 108th. After years of driving by, I decided to stop and explore. Mushroom Pond Open Space is a neighborhood “park” of sorts with a pond and a short trail.
Park in the small parking lot, then walk over to the paved path. A sign with a map points out where you are in relation to several other parks and trails in the area. You can easily link up several parks and trails for a longer excursion, but for this family walk, we’re going to just explore this small park.
Turn right and walk the wide, paved path. You may catch a glimpse of the pond down below. Shortly you’ll come to a sign that explains this park was acquired in 2010 after an old farm was demolished. The sign talks about the grasses in the meadow, the birds and animals that pass through here and the pond and trees.
Continue on the path down to the pond. I loved the cattails surrounding the pond and when I visited you could hear the birds in the trees and the ducks and geese on the pond.
There is a trail that circles the pond. It’s perfect for families wanting a stroll with the kids. The path is mainly dirt, but there is one section where it’s paved. That section isn’t really part of Mushroom Pond Open Space, it’s the Farmers’ High Line Canal Trail, but you’ll use it for a few steps if you want to walk around the pond.
This open space park has the feel of a neighborhood park because it’s right behind several homes on its east and north sides. I came at sunset one evening and had the park to myself except for a group of ducks on a nearby hill who had a lot to say to me as a I walked by.
The walk from the parking lot, around the pond and back is just 0.65 miles. The biggest landmark here is the Savery Savory Mushrooms water tower. A sign in the parking lot explains that Charles Savery bought this 80-acre farm in 1918. He was from Pennsylvania where mushroom farms were plentiful so he decided to give it a try. His first venture, of three years, was unsuccessful. But the sign says after a trip back to Pennsylvania, he came back with new ideas and was successful — expanding his operation to include plants in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
At one point, the mushroom farm here had 39 mushroom growing buildings, a general store, homes for workers, a schoolhouse, tennis court and more. In 1953, Savery retired and the farm closed.
The water tower was built around 1925. It was preserved as a landmark in 2006 to its original appearance.
Details: The hike to the pond, around it and back is about 0.65 miles.
Directions: Mushroom Pond Open Space is on the east side of Federal Blvd, just north of 108th.
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