While New Canaan children have enjoyed fishing and chasing frogs and betrothed couples had engagement photos taken there, the pond down the hill on the east side of the main house was originally a working pond!
During the early 20th century when the Laphams lived at Waveny, ice was made from the pond in the winter and stored in an ice house.
The pond rehabilitation has been identified by the Waveny Park Conservancy as a priority project. The pond edge and stone spillways have deteriorated and the pond itself needs to be dredged. This project truly falls into the "in pertuity"column as it will need an aeration system, which WPC will continue to maintain after completion of the project. Keith Simpson, landscape architect and WPC board member, has created a design scheme to develop a new stream system to naturally assist in the pond aeration as well as addressing the pond edge treatment and stone spillways on the "must have" list. A possible new trail around the pond with footbridges, wetland enhancement and the creation of a littoral zone for appropriate pond plantings is part of the "love to have" list.