Walking Waterhoods: Frog Park and Little Frog Park

Stroll this greenbelt and faux creek walk established over Temescal Creek, which runs below.

Walking Waterhoods: Frog Park and Little Frog Park

Oakland, California 94607, United States

Created By: Wholly H2O

Tour Information

Stroll this greenbelt and faux creek walk established over Temescal Creek, which runs below.

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What You'll See on the Tour

Frog Park, so-named after the community organization Friends of the Rockridge-Temescal Greenbelt, is located in North Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood close to bordering Temescal. The linear park extends over three blocks, about 1/2 a mi... Read more
These are basketball courts located next to the dog park. 
Constructed in 1995, Hardy Dog Park was the first of its kind in Oakland. Owing largely to the advocacy of the Rockridge Community Planning Council, dogs can now romp around in this pup play area located under Highway 24.
A watery world awaits along the section of Claremont Ave that passes under Highway 24. The Oceanus mural was one of the first CalTrans murals painted in California and depicts an underwater scene complete with sharks, a diver, and other fan... Read more
Visitors to Frog Park are welcomed by a mural depicting frogs in a wetland scene filled with water lilies. The paiting is dedicated to Kevin Faughnon and painted by Caroline Stren/DecoArt
Inside this first section of Rockridge-Temescal Greenbelt in Frog Park, you’ll find the beginning of a faux creek which runs the length of the park. This constructed creek is unique in that it roughly follows the path of Temescal Creek wh... Read more
At this point, you'll see the covering for the pump that controls the faux creek. Take note of the grate behind it. During the winter, the sound of the creek rushing by increases as storm runoff flows into the creek.   
This recently renovated play area celebrated its grand opening on February 9th, 2020. The new features include additional swings, including two swings for toddlers, two standard swings, and one ADA-compatible swing. Other features include a... Read more
Parents can rest at lily pad-shaped tables as their children enjoy the playground. The tables were donated by Jennifer Cooper, Tom Dolan, and Nora and David Mitchell.
You’re sure to spot this brightly painted birdhouse. This bright blue avian abode sits on pathway 5341 B. Miles Avenue, the forest path connecting Frog Park and Little Frog Park.
Children can explore castles, forts, and maze-like passageways at Frog Park Playground. The wooden structure features lovely wood carvings and other charming embellishments that make it a unique delight. The park includes bridges, ladders, ... Read more
This mosaic was created by Eileen FitzFaulkner, the former chair of the Big Build Committee, a subcommittee of FROG. There was originally a round depression in the sidewalk to prevent visitors from tripping on uneven ground, this colorful f... Read more
Continuing along the greenbelt path, you'll see one of several concrete monoliths. These strange structures are artist Mark Brest Van Kempen's Discovery Scopes. An interpretive link to the creek's past, one can peer into each telescope to v... Read more
Callippe Silverspot Butterfly Discovery Scope & Sculpture: If you spot a flash of silver on the underside of a butterfly's wings, you may be lucky enough to have seen a Callippe Silverspot Butterfly (Speyeria callippe callippe). These o... Read more
Cooper’ Hawks reside in forested groves and areas of dense vegetation. Their mottled brown plumage and striped tail provide excellent camouflage when they are perched in the tree canopy. They are woodland hunters skilled at maneuvering si... Read more
Drawing inspiration from the park’s name, this trash receptacle features a beautiful mosaic art piece featuring a frog. The mosaic is located at the intersection between Clifton Street and 5341 B. Miles Avenue. Mosaics began popping up on... Read more
Rainbow Trout Discovery Scope (Sculpture no longer there): At one time, rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) could only be found in the waters off of the Pacific Coast of North America. Not so today — rainbow trout can now be found in wate... Read more
You’ve likely seen an eastern fox squirrel (Scirus niger) in parks and green spaces around your home. This species of squirrel was introduced in this area and has slowly started to replace the native western gray squirrel (Sciurus griseus... Read more
The second block of Frog Park's faux creek continues along behind the Oakland Claremont DMV. Coast Live Oaks (Quercus agrifolia) and California Buckeyes (Aesculus californica) are some of the native trees you'll encounter along the way. Aco... Read more
Pacific Chorus Frog Discovery Scope & Sculpture: The Pacific Chorus Frog (Pseudacris regilla) is one of the most abundant amphibians that can be found on the west coast of North America, dwelling in habitats such as redwood forests and ... Read more
Brittlegills (genus russula) is a genus of fungus with a central white stem, creamy flesh, and a brightly colored cap, though the color of this cap can vary. Some brittlegills only grow near one specific kind of tree, while others act as ge... Read more
The Western Red Bud, (Cercis occidentalis) is a deciduous shrub native to California. When dormant, tightly packed stems have a warm red tone, and from February to April, it has fragrant pink, showy flowers.It's naturally deer-resistant an... Read more
“Views of the Greenbelt”, the discovery scopes art project by Mark Brest Van Kempen, is detailed in this interpretive sign. Locations of the telescopes are mapped on this plaque.
The Red Osier Dogwood (Cornus sericea) is a shrubby plant that is native to California. This is ideal territory as they like wetter spots closerto creeks. Its small white flowers typically bloom from July to August, attracting native bees. ... Read more
The Ohlone relied heavily on the mortar and pestle not only for their food preparation but also for their medicinal practices. The women primarily used the mortar and pestle to grind up acorns into fine flour. This flour was a very central ... Read more
Western Terrestrial Garter Snake Discovery Scope (Sculpture no longer there): The western terrestrial garter snake (Thamnophis elegans) can be found from Canada to northern Mexico. These snakes are often found near water, including by Temes... Read more
The Glossy privet (Ligustrum lucidum) is native to China, Japan, and Korea. An escaped ornamental plant, it has now spread throughout the U.S. Although this plant is considered an invasive species in California, when the Glossy privet bloom... Read more
Look up and you may just spot the ruby head of an Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) zooming by.  The Anna's hummingbird lives in the Bay Area year-round, and is the most common hummingbird found on the west coast. They feed on insects an... Read more
This cheerful sign welcomes visitors to Little Frog Park, which was formerly known as Redondo Park. This park features play structures that are especially great for tots. 
California Newt Discovery Scope & Sculpture: The California newt (Taricha torosa) have backs that can range from dark brown to grey while their bellies are a distinctive golden-orange. These salamanders can average around three inches i... Read more
At the intersection of Redondo Street and Clarke Street lies Little Frog Park, which is the terminus of the Rockridge-Temescal Greenbelt. A bridge leading to the park’s redwood-shaded playground crosses the last segment of the faux creek.... Read more
Fittingly, the playground in Little Frog Park looks somewhat like a miniature version of the larger playground in Frog Park. The playground includes a wooden ship structure, slides, and mini castles. Take a look at the ceramic tiles that li... Read more
Temescal Creek disappears into a culvert under the intersection of 51st and Telegraph. A culvert is a structure that allows water to flow under a road, railroad, trail, or similar obstruction from one side to the other. Today, a currently ... Read more


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