The Meaning of Hahamongna

The original settlers of the region were sometimes called the Hahamongna Indians. The word means "Flowing Waters, Fruitful Valley" in the native Tongva language.

Hahamongna News


Funding falls in place for Flint Wash bridge





Gene Maddaus, Staff Writer


Pasadena Star News


PASADENA - The city has secured the last piece of funding for a new pedestrian bridge in the Arroyo Seco that will replace a span that was dismantled in the 1980s.

The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy has agreed to provide $375,000 toward the $1.5 million project, said Tim Wendler, a Pasadena resident and member of the conservancy's advisory committee.

The new Flint Wash bridge will span about 150 feet and will link extensive bike trails in the Hahamongna Watershed Park.

"It saves people from having to go down into the canyon, or alternatively up onto the road, which can be dangerous,' Wendler said.

The bridge should take approximately nine months to construct, and should be finished by March 2005, Wendler said.

It will be accessible to hikers, cyclists and horseback riders, and will offer bicycle commuters an easier trip to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

"It's an important element,' said Tim Brick, managing director of the Arroyo Seco Foundation. "It's a good connecting thing for the whole park. I've never heard anyone say anything against it.'

The hiking trails connect the Arroyo Seco to the Rim of the Valley and the Santa Monica Mountains. An intrepid outdoorsman could take the trails all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

An early bridge over the same span, just west of the Devil's Gate Dam, burned down in 1937. The replacement bridge had to be torn down out of safety concerns in the mid- 1980s.

Since then, Pasadena has sought to obtain funding to replace the bridge. The bridge is included in the wider Hahamongna Watershed Park Master Plan, a controversial effort to balance sports fields with wilderness in the 300-acre park.

A lobbying group led by Wendler, La Canada Flintridge City Councilman Anthony Portentino and Pasadena resident Tom Seifert have recently urged the conservancy to pay more attention to the eastern edge of its terrain. The Hahamongna area is part of Pasadena, but it is surrounded by La Canada Flintridge and Altadena.

"We're all part of one community,' Portentino said. "The trails enthusiasts and outdoors people don't stop at borders. In many respects what's good for the trail infrastructure of one city is good for the trail infrastructure of the other.'

-- Gene Maddaus can be reached at (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4444, or by e-mail at