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Council approves Arroyo plan





Gene Maddaus, Staff Writer


Pasadena Star News


PASADENA -- It took six years, but the City Council on Monday night finally approved the Central Arroyo Master Plan -- a wish list for park improvements south of Devil's Gate Dam and north of the Colorado Street Bridge.
Now how long will it take for the wish list to come true?

The short answer: Who knows.

The master plan is a long list of restoration projects -- a fixed-up amphitheater, a new playground, restored stone walls, and the like -- only a small portion of which is funded.

The city has the money for about $2.8 million worth of projects in the Central Arroyo, said Martin Pastucha, the city's public works director. About $1.5 million of that is dedicated to a single element of the plan: a new playground in Brookside Park.

The city has provided cost estimates for another $4.2 million worth of projects, for which it has no funding. But many more items -- perhaps accounting for the bulk of the plan -- are so preliminary as to have no certain price tag, Pastucha said.

To go from master plan to reality, the city must make a cost estimate and place an item on its "capital improvement" list. Each year, the council assigns funding for a small portion of the list.

Funding for park projects can come from a residential impact fee on new development. Ten percent of such fees are dedicated to parks throughout the city.

But a key source of funding is state grants.

The approval of the Central Arroyo plan on Monday night will allow staff members to spend time writing grant applications for the approved projects.

The city received word last week that it had won a $1 million grant for the Brookside playground from the State Parks Office of Grants and Local Services. The grant had been rejected a year ago, Pastucha said. The city also won a $1 million grant for a soccer field in Hahamongna Watershed Park.

Because of stiff competition for grants, it is nearly impossible to determine when or if master plan projects will break ground.

The process moves so slowly, in fact, that city officials said a two-year delay in approving the Central Arroyo Master Plan had almost no effect on the timing of implementing it.

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