There is a little landmark in the Small Town that everyone knows by just 2 words: Duck Pond. It sits at the bottom of the hill from the middle school, just in front of the elementary school. It's a busy little pond, filled with catfish (along with who knows what other fish!), people sitting on its banks (trying to catch supper, I guess), and, of course, ducks, geese, and an occasional heron. In the winter, if it gets cold enough, you can see the ducks on the ice. When the weather gets warmer, you can see young children feeding the ducks. It is a place for runners and cyclists to meet and get started with their work-outs.
It's a place of celebrations: The first week of June, the Parks & Rec holds a fishing derby for ages 3-15. There are signs posted a few weeks before, asking people not to fish until the big day. When the Small Town had their 4th of July Celebration, it was the gathering place to view the fireworks. It was (and still is) a place to be guarded during our Rival Week to make sure a rebel flag isn't placed in the middle of it during the night.
After a few ducks got hit by cars years ago, the elementary school students had a fundraiser to buy "Duck Crossing" signs. The community pulled together to protect some valued inhabitants. It's not uncommon to have to wait patiently for a couple of ducks/geese to cross the road before you can continue on your way.
The Duck Pond is definitely one of the Small Town's treasured landmarks.