Wigwam Pond Public Access and Recreation Plan

Dedham, MA

The Wigwam Pond Public Access and Recreation Plan is transforming a hidden asset into an amenity for the Town of Dedham. This 23-acre water body is home to beavers, birds, and various fish species. It is located within an Environmental Justice area with a minority population comprising 27 percent of Dedham's total population. Currently, access to the pond is limited due to land ownership and invasive vegetation. Using whole system planning, the Town is taking proactive steps to restore this underutilized waterbody and reestablish the Pond’s rich history of human interaction, honoring the legacy of Native Americans who first settled around it.

An integrated team of VHB planners, landscape architects, and environmental specialists led the development of the Plan to accelerate improvements to this important resource. Our team worked with community stakeholders to develop a regenerative design concept through a robust, inclusive public engagement process—leveraging technology tools such as drones and Story Maps to educate the public. The Plan protects wildlife habitats, and minimizes ecological impacts, while providing access to safe and enjoyable recreational opportunities, positioning the Town for funding that will accelerate desired improvements.

Wigwam Pond boardwalk and fishing pier. Bird’s eye aerial of Wigwam Pond. Boardwalk and trail.


  • Town of Dedham, MA


  • Community Planning

  • Environmental Services

  • Habitat Assessment, Restoration & Monitoring

  • Landscape Architecture

  • Open Space Planning

  • Public Process