Evans Pond sits next to the Scripps Ranch Branch Library. This also happens to be the first library to invite me to do a book reading on my book Abandoned San Diego, so thank you to them! 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: