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Hahamongna News

Title:

Pasadena officials seek compromise on controversial soccer field proposal

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Date:

2013-02-20

Author:

Joe Piasecki

Publication:

Pasadena Sun

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Tom Sawyer Camps end the day on the soccer field at Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena on the border of La Canada Flintridge on Thursday, July 5, 2012. (Tim Berger/Staff photographer / February 20, 2013)

Pasadena officials are attempting an about-face on controversial plans to install a new soccer field in Hahamongna Watershed Park, proposing instead to use a $1-million grant assigned to the project on the John Muir High School campus as an alternative.

Preservationists have vigorously opposed adding a second athletic field and expanded parking lot on the 300-acre park’s west side, citing loss of habitat.

Construction would be funded by a $1-million state grant that officials hope to reallocate for expanding and improving Muir’s existing south athletic field, located above the bus drop-off area on Cañada Avenue.

“The city wants to build something the community really wants. If this location can meet all the concerns, it should be a great compromise for the Hahamongna area and for the city’s youth sports needs,” said City Engineer Dan Rix.

The Muir plan would improve turf areas and reconfigure the field to make room for overlapping full-size soccer and softball fields, including lights and bleachers. After school hours it would be available for community use.

The grant requires work to be completed by June 2015.

The city has yet to formally propose the site change to state officials, a process Rix said would require collecting statements of public support.

But early conversations with the state have left city officials optimistic that the change of venue will be approved, said Department of Public Works project manager Loren Pluth.

A public meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. on March 13 at the John Muir High School auditorium.

“There’s no question that opposition to placing a second field at Hahamongna is quite active, so I hope there will be widespread support demonstrated at the upcoming meeting for the field at Muir,” Mayor Bill Bogaard said.

Arroyo Seco Foundation Managing Director Tim Brick, who opposed the Hahamongna field plan, said he supports the move to Muir.

“It’s better to put soccer fields in neighborhoods where kids can get to them easily,” Brick said. “Hahamongna is a better place for teaching kids about the environment, and this would allow it to stay in a much more natural state.”

Late last year, officials halted environmental review of the soccer field and other proposed changes to the Hahamongna landscape after the city and Arroyo Seco Foundation received a $3.2-million state grant to improve groundwater collection and restore natural areas in a canyon above the park.

The environmental review process is expected to resume once the soccer field’s location is settled, Rix said.

-- Joe Piasecki, Times Community News