Wolfes Pond Park is one of Staten Island's largest natural and manmade park that includes a beach, preservation and recreation area located in Tottenville. The park is named after one of the first Staten Island families, the Wolfes.
In 1857 the New York State purchased Wolfe as a quarantine station for immigrants. However, fisherman and oysterman suspected the waters were contaminated and decided to burn down all stations in protest.
Wolfes Pond became a popular recreational site in the late 1920s when the City bought the land. A new dam was built to "protect the freshwater pond from the infusion of salt water from the bay." However the dam broke twice in the past twenty years and the saltwater had killed some of the freshwater fish (nycogovparks).
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The park has an affiliation with Mountain Bike Association. Trails run through the "glacial ponds and native forest of this oceanfront park." The trails are still a work in progress, but the existing trails are open to riding, and dirt jump park is in the works for 2009. (nycmtb)
There are designated locations for cooking grills. Wolfes Pond Park also hosts a firework show every 4th of July. There are free summer concerts that also lure many people of all ages to the popular family funplace.