An alterniative to the half mile walk is to just walk around the back of the duck pond. There are nice views of the shore birds if you walk around the back. I suggest going counterclockwise following the shore on your right. Eventually, you get back to the first parking area. From here I would suggest you cross the street and join the path next to the water to the south just north-east of the old scout building that some think is the old yacht club. Many remember the huge political battle that marked the end of the yacht harbor that was where the marsh is now.