When JPL made its plan to remove its employee parking lot from the upper Arroyo Seco watershed aka Hahamongna, it didn’t know (and maybe it didn’t care) that some officials in the City of Pasadena would want to build new roads and add new recreational parking on the same spot. Looking down on the JPL parking lot from space, it looks glaringly out of place in a riverbed. A polluting concession made to the internal combustion engine at the headwaters of the Arroyo Seco, Los Angeles River and the sea, is not befitting a world renown institution for advanced science.
Captain’s Log, stardate 1306.o5. The wrath of the Haha Watershed Park master planners invade.
I never realized the “Park” stood for parking. Of course it does. There must be a road built to get to the parking, and bathrooms for all the people arriving by car, and helicopters and ambulances standing by for all the people who didn’t have the strength to get to the delicately re-wilding ecosystem headwaters on foot or on bike or in wheelchair, that will need rescuing. It’s very disappointing that Pasadena Water and Power in partnership with the Arroyo Seco Foundation has decided it’s prudent to invite traffic into the most precious resource area we have. It puts an acid cloud over all the good they do.
Community Involvement Meeting for the Arroyo Seco Canyon Project on Monday
The meeting will take place
April 29th at 6:30 PM
Large Meeting Room
Fire Camp #2
Hahamongna Watershed Park.
The Arroyo Seco Foundation (ASF) and Pasadena Water and Power Department (PWP) will present conceptual designs for the project and ask for public input.
Directions: The Los Angeles County Fire Camp #2 is off of Oak Grove Drive north of the Hahamongna Park entrance. As you drive north on Oak Grove Drive, you will come to a fork in the road at the JPL entrance. You may have to check in with the JPL guards. Keep right at the fork and continue onto Forestry Camp Road. The Fire Camp entrance will be on your right just after the fork at the JPL entrance. The parking lot will be on your left once you enter the camp. Look for the signs directing you to the meeting room in front of the memorial. See you on Monday!
Please tell your friends and neighbors of this important public review process for the project preserving and enhancing Hahamongna, the park we cherish so much.
For more information email Jonathan Frame: email@example.com