The Meaning of Hahamongna

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:

Park annex plan nears completion

Subtitle:

Date:

2008-01-17

Author:

Charles Cooper

Publication:

La Canada Valley Sun

Content:

The current timetable for a master plan addition to cover the Hahamongna Watershed Park annex calls for Pasadena City Council action around June, the advisory committee was told at its January meeting.

The annex, which consists of 30 acres formerly owned by the Metropolitan Water District, is to the north of the main park, adjacent to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and near the boundary between La Cañada Flintridge and Pasadena.

A planning process has been underway since then for the use of the property, which currently houses a county fire camp.

Alternatives and staff recommendations are expected to be released by the middle of March, for public and commission consideration before final transmission to the Pasadena council.

Mary Barrie, a parks commissioner in La Cañada, said the meeting was well attended. Among those present were La Cañada Flintridge City Councilman Don Voss and Bill Hackett, representing state Assemblyman Anthony Portantino. Emily Stork from Rose Bowl Riders has been added to the advisory committee as a member. advertisement


Barrie said, “These are critical meetings for the future of more than just the equestrian groups in Hahamongna. They will be critical in determining whether the west side of [the park] becomes open to more extensive development, or it remains a serene, peaceful open space for future generations to enjoy.”

Rosa Laveaga, Arroyo Seco programs coordinator for the city of Pasadena, said the plans for the annex site remain as proposed, with equestrian programs, conservation education and preservation of habitat, including an oak grove.

The annex property was included in the city’s list of green space additions, but with no cost figure included. The property is zoned for open space, under terms of the purchase agreement.

Laveaga said lease negotiations are continuing with tenants including Tom Sawyer Camp, the MACH 1 riding program for youths with special needs, and the Rose Bowl Riders Association.

Ongoing issues to be discussed include the status of a proposed road through the annex connecting to a JPL parking lot. The road was asked for by the city council, but is a matter of concern on environmental issues, and also relating to the issue of parking on the west side of the park.

The future of the Hahamongna Park itself, 300 acres of watershed land around Devil’s Gate Dam, has long been a concern for residents and recreation activists on both sides of the park.

A master plan for the park includes hiking paths, picnic grounds and two sports field. Pasadena is continuing an ongoing effort to secure funding for the whole Arroyo Seco complex.