Most of the Great Pond site was maintained as a hunting preserve in the late 19th and early in the 20th century. Over time, the land adjacent to one of the regional arterial roads, 187 or Day Hill Road, became the site for a large engineering facility.

Today, the previously developed portions of the site have been restored and the former preserve areas in the north of the site adjacent to the Farmington River are proposed as a large conservation area with trail access to Northwest Park, a 500-acre Town of Windsor public park.

The park system for the community features a constellation of small neighborhood parks, larger community parks and the Great Pond Nature Preserve totalling, over 390 acres in parks and open space.