I moved to Los Alamos as a young boy in August 1943. At that time Ashley Pond was just a simple pond with some green colored canoes that had been supplied by the Military to navigate the small area of water.
I was present at this pond when the first Los Alamos fatal accident happened when a young boy fell out of a canoe, got tangled in deep weeds and drowned.
Ashley Pond was always the center of town, next to the military hospital.
When I read in the Los Alamos Daily Post, a section I frequently view to keep abreast of what is happening in Los Alamos, that a major upgrade and restoratioin was to take place, I had no idea what to expect. I was so pleased to see the final product. Kudos to those responsible for such an attractive finish as this adds to a very historic site in Los Alamos, and I am most anxious to see it during my next visit to Los Alamos.