If you are like me, you have driven by Simms Pond on the corner of Loynes and PCH for years, and have only seen it through the fence.
Well, thanks to readers of this blog that asked if I knew anything about it, I called the man who does, Lenny Arkinstall of the Los Cerritos Wetlands Stewards to arrange a visit.
A very brief History:
Back in the 1950’s and 1960’s there was a Bait Shop at the corner of Loynes and PCH called Simms Bait and Tackle. hence the name Simms Pond. Then in 1977/78, developers wanted to build homes in what is now Del Lago and BayHarbour. As a condition for these developments, the California Coastal Commission required that Simms Pond be set aside for a Biological Reserve. In 2003 the Del Lago Community Association and the Bay Harbour HOA deeded the land to the city.
The pond is what they call a seasonal “vernal pool”, meaning it will be dry at sometime during the year. Lenny informed me that the pond is the healthiest it has ever been and that the drying of the pond by the drought this year has actually helped to air out and repair the soil.
The pond is home to many species of birds and wildlife. (Click here simsbirds 2013 – Final v 1 1 (2) )
After 25 years of driving past the pond, it was a treat to be able to see it up close. This really is a hidden gem in the city of Long Beach.
If there is enough interest, we can arrange a group tour. But for now, enjoy the pictures