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Hahamongna News

Title:

Pasadena buys 30 acres from MWD

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Date:

2005-06-18

Author:

Gene Maddaus, Staff Writer

Publication:

Pasadena Star News

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PASADENA -- It's official: Pasadena has purchased 30 acres of parkland from the Metropolitan Water District.

The city bought the land for $1.2 million, after the MWD abruptly halted lease negotiations in January. The land will be incorporated into the Hahamongna Watershed Area, and city officials have pledged that scout groups and horse riders who use the acreage will get to stay.

"I'm very encouraged,' said Mary Barrie, of the La Canada Flintridge Trails Council. "I think they realized it's a good use of the property, and very beloved by a lot of people.'

The city's purchase of the land had raised suspicions among some Altadena and La Canada Flintridge residents, who view Pasadena as the big neighbor to the south that doesn't always keep their interests at the forefront.

Some feared the land would be used for a parking garage, or that the Rose Bowl Riders would be evicted.

The city of La Canada Flintridge briefly flirted with the idea of trying to outbid Pasadena for the land, but withdrew when it became clear that Pasadena had the inside track.

The land is within Pasadena's city boundaries, just south of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and across from La Canada High School.

Pasadena's deal with MWD includes an open space and park easement, which reassured recreational users that the land would be preserved as park space.

"It's a good easement,' Barrie said.

The MWD board unanimously approved the deal at its Tuesday meeting.

Pasadena sold the same parcel to MWD in 1970, when it was expected the water authority would build a treatment plant on the site. The plant was never built, and earlier this year the board decided to declare the land surplus and sell it off.

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