Frog Pond Wetland Preserve - Del Rey Oaks
The Frog Pond Wetland Preserve is maintained and operated by Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District. This tiny 17 acre park is open for pedestrians only and has about one mile of hiking trails. The park is surrounded by houses or road on all four sides, and has a variety of habitats including a freshwater pond, small grassy meadows, marshes, and oak woodlands. Animals include the Pacific tree frog and mallard ducks.
The only public entrance is on Canyon Del Rey Road between General Jim Moore Blvd & Highland St. From Monterey, take Fremont or Del Monte toward Seaside, and turn right on Canyon Del Rey. Roadside parking for perhaps 4 or 5 cars is available on berm of the north side of the road.
The Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District has been in existence since 1972, and its mission is to preserve open space in the area around Big Sur, Monterey and Carmel. Since its inception the parks district has secured 20,000 acres of land in 24 parks and open spaces all preserved for environmental and recreational reasons. The parks district is funded by a 1/2 percent allocation of the property tax collected in the region (comes to about $5 for the district for every $100,000 of property value). Since 2004 residents have paid an additional $19 per household per year to increase the scope of this open space preservation.