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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:

Hahamongna Annex Plan to Be Unveiled Tonight in Pasadena

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Date:

2007-04-19

Author:

Charles Cooper

Publication:

La Canada Valley Sun

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PASADENA — The city of Pasadena's plan for the future reuse of the 30 acres of land adjacent to La Cañada known as the Hahamongna Annex will be unveiled at a public meeting at 6:30 tonight (Thursday, April 19) at the Salvation Army offices, 960 E. Walnut.

The land, which houses a fire camp, forestry service officers and equestrian stables, was purchased by Pasadena from the Flood Control District. It was linked by name to the 1,300-acre Hahamongna Watershed Park, and the city promised to limit uses to recreation and open space.

After an intensive series of community meetings and a design roundtable last year, the project has been on hold while private meetings and discussions went on.

It resurfaced during the recent debate in Pasadena over the reuse of the Desiderio Armory land elsewhere in the Arroyo, and a sketchy plan for the future use of the project was released.

It became linked to the armory proposal because the Arroyo Seco Foundation, which is supporting an environmental education center for the property, proposed a similar center for the 5-acre Armory land.

According to the proposed map for the annex site, the foundation would have about 5.6 acres of property for an education center, including classrooms, outdoor education resource and a nursery for growing low water use plants.

The equestrian area would total about 8 acres, including a horse boarding area, and Los Angeles County would maintain 6 acres for a fire camp to serve the Angeles National Forest area.

An area described as "habitat restoration-parkland" would total about 2.86 acres, and the restored Oak Grove area would be about the same size.

The discussions, which have gone on since the public sessions ended, have been sporadic and confusing. Tim Brick, who proposed the environmental center, has complained publicly that he has not been kept informed about the plans.

Emily Stork, president of Rose Bowl Riders, main tenant in the equestrian area, said she has been talking periodically to the city, but declined to be specific about the nature of the talks.

Pasadena's city manager, Cynthia Kurtz, told the Pasadena City Council that the city is looking to make the equestrian offerings at the center more symbolic, perhaps taking the character of the Arroyo Seco Stables in neighboring South Pasadena.

Another tenant in the annex is the Tom Sawyer Day Camp, which has been offering camping and horseback riding since 1944.

Also using the annex for some programs is MACH 1 (Move a Child Higher), which uses horseback riding as therapy for handicapped children.

The city of Pasadena has the annex plan fast tracked for presentation to the council. It will be presented to the city design commission Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., and to the planning commission Thursday at 6:15 p.m.