The smell of freshly cut grass, the calming sounds of flowing water, the wandering wildlife and hilltop vistas serve as serene settings for students to enjoy.

An evident problem of having a commuter school is that people can often forget to appreciate what Cal Poly Pomona has to offer.

Places such as the Duck Pond or the Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch disappear off the radar of the average student.

Students like first-year computer science student Alex Khazhakyan enjoy spending time by the Duck Pond.

“I’ve only actually been here a few times,” Khazhakyan said. “You can normally find me in the Japanese Garden, but it’s a shame that more people don’t visit more often.”

The Duck Pond is a peaceful area with ducks, fish and turtles that make you feel closer to nature.

Another area students should visit is the Aratani Japanese Garden located northwest of the Classroom Laboratory Administration CLA building 98.

The Aratani Japanese Garden. (Courtesy of CPP)

The garden features a koi pond and an active stream that gives off a sense of peace and tranquility.

“The Aratani Japanese Garden is just so peaceful, and it’s a great place to focus,” Khazhakyan said.

Another hidden gem on campus is found at the College of Environmental Design.

The ENV Café next to building 7 serves as the entryway for the quaint courtyard shaded with plenty of trees, and enough seating for several students.

One of the largest upsides of café is the Starbucks coffee served there.

Right next door to the café is a small outdoor area known as BioTrek.

BioTrek showcases a small pond with natural wildlife that is meant to educate those that visit.

Although the rainforest facility is only accessible with a scheduled visit, the surrounding area is shaded, peaceful and quiet.

The last place that is often forgotten is the Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch.

The restaurant is completely staffed and run by students and serves both lunch and dinner.

It also offers an array of local wine and beer from CPP’s Horsehill Vineyards and Innovation Brew Works.

Perhaps the greatest part of the restaurant is the view that overlooks into the hillsides of Pomona.

The winding stairway known as the Kellogg West walk can take you all the way up to the restaurant.  

The Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch is open for lunch Monday to Thursday between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., and for dinner Wednesday to Friday between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

CPP is seeking to improve these sights through the recently revised Master Plan.

With the help of design company Ayers Saint Gross, CPP plans to further utilize the spaces available to create a better campus.

“Our main goal is to establish the efficiency of the spaces currently being used,” space analytic expert Alex Staneski said.

Although many students are not currently enjoying as much of spaces available on campus, steps are being taken to create a more student friendly environment.

Any student or faculty member who needs a break from the monotony of an everyday schedule should visit these locations

With new dorms, and a space audit underway, more students will soon remain on campus to take part in all these great areas.

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