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Hahamongna News

Title:

City says it has no plans to build a road and parking structure in Hahamonga

Subtitle:

Date:

2009-05-21

Author:

Dan Abendschein, Staff Writer

Publication:

Pasadena Star-News

Content:

PASADENA - An old conflict about a proposed road and a 1,200-car parking
garage in the Hahamonga Watershed Park has come into focus again for
residents concerned about new plans for the area.

Those concerns are centered on a new amendment to the city's plans for
the area, which mentions a 50-foot-wide access road in the northern area
of the park. Old planning documents still refer to a parking garage and a
road, even though the city dropped the two items in 2003, after residents
protested.

After more protests at a meeting last week, city staff Tuesday night told
residents at a meeting of the city's Environmental Advisory Committee
that the inclusion of the garage and road in the new plan was an
oversight and would be fixed.

"The roadway will be removed from the plan's addendum," said Theresa
Fuentes, of the City Attorney's Office. "The plan will be edited for
removal of the parking garage."

Several residents still seemed mistrustful of the city's long-term
intentions for the park.

"I still don't think that the city understands what we want," said Mary
Berrie, a La Canada resident, who has been tracking city plans for the
park for over a decade. "We don't want a city park...We want to have a
unique wilderness park."

Barry and others raised concerns about a 30-foot bike and horse trail
that the city described as a "greenway" but would run along the same
location as the access road that would connect to a parking lot at
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the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In previous plans, the city had wanted to
use that lot for overflow parking for events at Hahamonga.

The 1,300-acre park is a former rock quarry that now holds a series of
short trails, some regrown natural areas, a natural area along the Arroyo
Seco, and a small sports and field area that includes a Frisbee golf
course.

Past proposals for the area have included the parking garage, new sports
fields, and other facilities that open-space advocates have opposed. New
concerns arose over the future of the park in January, when the city
signed a new lease with JPL that ensured that if a new road to JPL
parking lots is built in the future, the city would have access to the
road and the lots.

City officials said at the time that they were only covering their bases
in case plans for the park change, and that no immediate plans to build
the road exist.

Some speakers at Wednesday's meetings still raised concerns that the
proposed greenway could end up being converted into an access road.

They also thought the proposed 30-foot width for the trail would be too
much for the natural area, and residents also disputed the need to build
separate lanes for bikers and horseback riders, which would add to the
trail's width.

"We can all get along on a trail that isn't so wide," said Lori Paul.
"Thirty feet is a greenway freeway."

The city could end up needing to remove up to 19 trees in the area to
build the trail.

The amended plan now goes to the council for approval, sometime in the
next few months.

dan.abendschein@sgvn.com

(626) 962-8811, Ext. 4451