For nearly 100 years, a lucky few rented the 41 cottages that line the water. But last September, the Parks Department, which owns the land, forced the residents off the 45-acre site so it could make way for a public park.
There are few details about the upcoming park, except that it will be built in stages.
The agency has sealed the site to the public, and insists it is readying the space, though former residents are not so sure.
"I think it's a little hypocritical," said former Cedar Grove resident John Murphy. "They said they're going to open it up to the public, and obviously they're not doing that. But private concerns can actually use it, and I think that's very wrong."
The state is still considering whether to give the area historic designation, which would force the city to preserve some of it.