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Hahamongna News

Title:

Park likely to lack lot

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Date:

2005-03-24

Author:

Robert Chacon

Publication:

Glendale News-Press

Content:

City leaders are pleased that 30 acres of neighboring parkland will most likely be kept as open space by its future owners.

The Pasadena City Council on Monday authorized staff to move forward with the purchase of the parcel in Hahamongna Watershed Park with the intent of keeping recreational uses in place.

"The city has maintained all along never changing the zoning of the space," Pasadena Public Works Director Martin Pastucha said in response to La Canada Flintridge City Council members' concerns that the city might build a parking structure there. "A parking structure is not consistent with the zoning and not consistent with our goals to expand the boundaries of the watershed park."

Pasadena's announcement was positive news, Councilman Greg Brown said. "I am optimistic that the various reports are correct, and we will end up with that area protected," he said.

Pasadena wants to purchase the land from the Metropolitan Water District for $1.2 million. The water district bought the land from Pasadena 35 years ago with the intent of building a water-treatment plant there, but the plans never materialized.

Pasadena officials made an offer to buy the 30 oak-studded acres in January, when the water district announced its intent to sell the site.

Various groups use the land, including the Los Angeles County Fire Department and the Rose Bowl Riders equestrian club, which also operates a summer camp on 12 acres there.

Pasadena plans to continue leasing space to the county and Rose Bowl riders, Pastucha said.

Major terms of the sale include a covenant restricting the site's use to recreation and open space.

"That might be our board's direction to include that restriction in the sale," said Jeff Kightlinger, general counsel for the water district. "We told [Pasadena] that they should be prepared for that."

The water district's board will make a final determination on the restriction in April, Kightlinger said.

"They are agreeing to something, but that doesn't mean it's going to happen," said Mary Barrie, a La Canada Flintridge resident and member of the Rose Bowl Riders. "It's good that Pasadena is agreeing to purchase the land with the restriction on it, but it's up to Metropolitan to make that happen."

City officials will continue to keep a close eye on the negotiations, Brown said.