Jack’s Pond was actually built in the 1930’s to served as an extra water supply. It was named after the caretaker of the grounds, Jack Nieswonger. The park that we see today opened in 2000 and is owned by the City of San Marcos.
General Information and Features:
* Trail connection to Jack’s Pond
* Picnic areas
* Restrooms & Tot lot
* Nature Center
* 23 acres (7.31 developed first phase)
* Adventure Day Camp at Jack’s Pond Recreation Center
Personal Experience: This is a nice family spot or place to walk your dog. Enjoy 23 acres of woodsy hiking trails and a pond which, at the time we visited, was looking quite sad. We need rain! The pond is home to bluegill, catfish, large-mouth bass and crappie fish.
You can spot a variety plant life throughout the park, including prickly pear cactus, olive trees, pepper trees, sagebrush, oak trees and eucalyptus trees. Common wild animals include ducks, other aquatic birds, rabbits and lizards.
There is a playground for children and picnic tables for lunches. Propane barbecues are allowed in designated picnic areas only. Charcoal and wood fires are not permitted. There was a nature center which was closed when we visited. Boo! It was fun to explore nonetheless.
Because of the severe drought we’ve had, the pond has receded dramatically:
I found a Little Free Library here!
Here is a shot of the pond in 2019 after a wonderful, rainy winter!