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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

Title:

Something to grow on

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Date:

2005-06-21

Author:

Emanuel Parker, Staff Writer

Publication:

Pasadena Star News

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Tuesday, June 21, 2005 - PASADENA -- A grove of old oak trees with branches so dense only stray beams of light reach the ground is part of a new 30-acre parcel in Hahamongna Watershed Park. So, too, is a nursery that used to grow thousands of trees for scores of Southern California cities

Pasadena purchased the land from the Metropolitan Water District last week for $1.2 million, said Tim Brick, who was honored for serving 20 years on the MWD board minutes before he and fellow board members voted 37-0 to approve the sale.

Brick is the ranking member of the MWD board of directors, appointed to represent Pasadena in 1985 by then-mayor and present elected mayor Bill Bogaard.

"Its wonderful to celebrate my 20th anniversary on the board,' Brick said. "It's been a great honor and I'm very pleased that the city of Pasadena has had confidence in me for 20 years in order to represent them.

"It was even more special that on the day of my 20th anniversary we were able to conclude the transaction in order to get this 30 acres. We're going to be sure it can be preserved for future generations for park, recreation and open space use,' he said.

City spokeswoman Ann Erdman said the property will go through the community planning process to determine future uses.

"The 30 acres complement the city's adopted Master Plan,' she said. "The city will look for an opportunity to use the land in the best way for open space. We will look for input from the community and take it one step at a time.'

The Lantermans, La Canada Flintridge 's founding family, gave the land to Pasadena in the 1920s, Brick said. Pasadena sold it to the MWD in 1970 for $430,000. In 1999 the land was appraised at $10 million. But stipulations the land be a park or open space reduced the price, he said.

Brick said Pasadena officials have been trying to buy back the property for six years, which increases the park to around 230 acres.

"It stretches from the foothills up by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to Devil's Gate Dam, and from Oak Grove Park to Windsor Avenue,' he said.

A U.S. Forest Service camp formerly occupied part of the site. The Forest Service buildings remain and Brick said Pasadena officials must decide if they will keep or raze them.

Los Angeles County Fire Camp No. 2 has a 50-year lease on its site that was renewed in 2003. The Rose Bowl Riders, an equestrian group, and the Tom Sawyer Camp, a children's day camp, also use the property.

Brick was most enthusiastic about restarting the Hahamongna Cooperative Nursery that closed four years ago. The Forest Service started it in the 1970s and the Arroyo Seco Foundation took it over in the 1990s, Brick said.

For eight years its 10 beds were used to grow thousands of tree seedlings for Pasadena and other Southern California cities, he said. The nursery specialized in growing oak, sycamore, willow and cottonwood trees.

Emanuel Parker can be reached at (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475, or by e-mail at emanuel.parker@sgvn.com .