10301 Scripps Lake Dr.
San Diego, CA 92131
Hike: .25 mile loop Level: Easy
Dog-friendly: Yes Kid-Friendly: Yes
Evans Pond sits adjacent to the Scripps Ranch Branch Library, which was established as a storefront location in October 1986, occupying 4,500 sq. ft. of space. The library is on land that was originally part of E.W. Scripps 2,100-acre estate. Scripps’ daughter Nackey, and her husband Thomas Meanley, had their 1920s Mission Revival home behind the retaining wall (still there today) by Evans Pond – a community pond and oasis.
Personal Experience: This is by no means a huge adventure, although if you combine this visit with Miramar Lake which is next to it, it is! I’m adding this spot because it’s peaceful and tucked away. I’ll bet many who live in this area have never visited this spot. There are a variety of bird species, fish, turtles and frogs who call this place home. There are stumps carved into chairs which are perfect for sitting and enjoying some peace and quiet. Apparently you can buy a bag of fish/duck food for 50 cents at the library next door, because as we know, bread is not part of their diet.
A bunch of tree trunks have been chopped into seats!
The old retaining wall: