Arroyo Burro Open Space (Veronica Meadows)
This little-known city park was once going to be the site of a housing development, but it was saved by the Trust for Public Land and is now officially open to the public. It is unique because in some parts of the park there are no signs of civilization. It is home to a variety of wildlife, including environmentally sensitive species.
Points Of Interest
Owls: Lately, a pair of great-horned owls has appeared to be living in or near the eucalyptus grove on the Hope Ranch side of the park. They are most commonly observed at dusk.
Woodrats: Dusky-footed woodrats, also known as pack rats or trade rats, live in the oak woodland and riparian areas in this open space. These critters build mound-shaped nests out of sticks, with one woodrat per nest. Unlike roof rats, which often inhabit backyards, woodrats are very elusive and stay away from populated areas. Their success in an area indicates a healthy habitat. Look for their nests, and if you wait quietly you may even see a woodrat itself.
Oak Woodland: This is a prominent habitat in the Arroyo Burro Open Space, with gnarled, historic oaks along with young ones. Oaks are valuable, native trees that provide shade, structure, a food source (acorns), and cover for wildlife.
Creek: The Arroyo Burro Creek runs through this open space and comes out at Hendry's Beach. Riparian (creekside) areas are a rich source of habitat.
There is no official parking area for this open space; park at the end of Alan Rd. near the entrance. If you plan to venture off the trails, dress for heavy poison oak. Dogs are allowed, but please do not let them disturb wildlife or their habitat.