Reserves and private lands in the Presidio National Monument have become a hotbed for water-loving residents of the San Francisco Bay Area.
A small town in the San Joaquin Valley is just one example of the diverse communities in the area.
Reserves at Pebble Creek Park are a natural water source for a community of about 8,500 people in the Marin County town of Menlo Park.
In addition to pebbles, the creek sits on a mountain, making it an ideal place to fish, swim and hunt.
The Presidium, which is part of the National Park Service, has more than 1,400 protected lands, most of which are in the Pacific Northwest.
Pebble is not only the source of drinking water, but the home of the Menlo Beach Museum and Presidial Library, as well as many historic homes, schools, and businesses in the community.
“The community and its environment are in a very good place,” said David B. Biernat, the park’s executive director.
He said the land in Pebblemore has been designated for use as a reserve since 1993.
For more than 20 years, Bierpatts office has been reviewing land applications from people wanting to build on or protect the creek.
But now the community is preparing to get a new look at the proposed project, after the Presidenio Council on Wednesday approved a request for proposals to buy some land and construct a pond and a playground.
On the proposal, the developer, Pebbles LLC, plans to build a pond with a fountain that will attract people to the park, according to the proposal.
At the time, the proposed development included a pond, swimming pool, picnic pavilion and picnic tables.
While the project has attracted some controversy, the Preside Council on Thursday voted unanimously to accept the proposal and approve it.
Biernat said he was pleased to see a community coming together to protect the natural beauty of Pebbler Creek.
“This is a community that loves nature and loves recreation, and they love the water,” he said.
To learn more about the Presidiocounty National Park, visit the park website.