This is really a reservoir. It occupies a prime piece of land and holds reserve water that the Irvine Water District does not have to tap. So, with a little magic, the water company turned it into a wildlife sanctuary, hiking trail, and park. It's minimal - a small visitors' center, restrooms, pamphlets, and lots of gravel paths. What you pass is a dozen ponds filled with fresh water, kept clean by nature and visited by small animals, insects, and birds. It is circled by highways, office buildings, and the university. It's a great place for some light exercise, meditation, and great bird watching. You can turn out from the paths to enjoy a few scenic overlooks and park benches. Few cities care enough to turn their watersheds into parklands, but Irvine does. It's an education, a nice walk, and an inspiration. I always leave with dozens of photos. I spend several peaceful afternoons in front of the screen, identifying the bugs and birds I have seen while walking the San Joaquin paths. When I get back to Irvine in my travels, I can't wait to return.
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