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Hahamongna News

Title:

City's plan for park annex includes equestrian facilities

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Date:

2007-04-24

Author:

Elise Kleeman, Staff Writer

Publication:

Pasadena Star News

Content:

PASADENA - After nearly a year of meetings and public forums, the city has announced its proposal for the future of the 30-acre Hahamongna Watershed Park Annex.

Among its plans are an environmental education center and equestrian facilities, including some for public use.

"This has been a yearlong community process - very thorough, very open," said Rosa Laveaga, Arroyo Seco project supervisor for Pasadena's Parks and Natural Resources Division.

The city's proposal was developed after a community brainstorming session last summer and several meetings with current tenants.

Hahamongna Annex, which the Metropolitan Water Board sold to Pasadena for $1.3 million in 2005, is home to Los Angeles County Fire Camp No. 2 and the equestrian group Rose Bowl Riders. The club subleases a portion of its 12 acres to Tom Sawyer Camp and the MACH1 therapeutic equestrian program.

The annex also includes an abandoned U.S. Forest Service ranger station.

Those buildings, according to the plan, would be saved and used for the environmental education center's classrooms, dining hall, offices and meeting and exhibit space.

The proposal would allow Rose Bowl Riders only to lease the 2.3 acres


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now housing the horse-boarding area. They would also be asked to oversee the public equestrian facilities in exchange for part-time use, Laveaga said.
Rose Bowl Riders President Emily Stork was reluctant to comment on the proposal, saying it was a work in progress and that the group was "working on building a nice working relationship with the city."

The plan would sightly expand the space set aside for an equestrian therapy program and would shrink the size of the equestrian summer program site now used by Tom Sawyer. The county fire camp would be unaffected.

Before being added to the Hahamongna Watershed Park Master Plan, the proposal will need the City Council's initial approval on April 30, a California Environmental Quality Act review and the council's final approval.

Laveaga estimated the process would be completed by the end of the summer.

elise.kleeman@sgvn.com

(626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451