FORTAG and Bicycles at Frog Pond Wetland Preserve :
The Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District (District) has recently been asked about policies related to the Frog Pond Wetland Preserve (Preserve) and bicycle access to this site. The District does not presently authorize bicycles within the Preserve. The District's Board of Directors has not taken any further action regarding the use of bicycles within the Preserve.
In an increasingly urban world, open space such as the Frog Pond Wetland Preserve provide a refuge for resident and migratory wildlife as well as humans. Maintaining and enhancing the Frog Pond’s wildlife habitat value is a high priority to the District.
Considered one of the most biologically productive and ecologically important ecosystems, wetlands are one of the most threatened habitats on earth. Disregard for wetlands by expanding urban and agricultural development is the number one cause for wetland loss. This loss leads to fragmented habitat and results in remnant oases that need human intervention to maintain their potential bio-diversity.
An isolated remnant of a much larger ecosystem, the Frog Pond nevertheless retains an important wetland habitat. Preservation of this ecosystem is important to the District, as is maintaining public access, because in order for the values of open space to produce any social good, they must be experienced, understood, and adopted by the public. To maintain a balance, the District provides perimeter access to the central pond/wetland habitat core.
A local treasure in Del Rey Oaks, the 17-acre Frog Pond is composed of a unique arrangement of habitat including frogs, deer, hummingbirds, towhees, mallards and western fence lizards. The habitat housed in the Preserve offer great opportunities for nature study, education, recreation and inspiration. Visitors are also surrounded by beautiful Coast Live Oak, Arroyo Willow and Monterey Pine trees as well as colorful Big Leaf Periwinkle, especially when its blue flowers appear in the spring.