This beauty spot is little known by the people of Madison County and even by some Oneida City residents. It is a city park located just off Mt. Hope Ave. In years past it was known as being the reservoir that furnished Oneida with water. After the Glenmore Dam was put into use, the old reservoir was abandoned for a time until the city restored its usefulness for use for swimming. It was then referred to as the "Mt. Hope Pool". It was again abandoned when the Chapman pool was constructed in Vet's Field on North Main Street in Oneida.
In the last few years due to a large extent by the "push" of one resident, Joe Magliocca, it was established as a city park. It is a nature lover's dream with hiking trails, fishing, picnic tables, bird watching opportunities, etc. A lot of the work on the park has been done by volunteers, and a volunteer work day is still scheduled for one day a month to work on trails, clean up, and other projects.
Charles E. Page July 2002
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