Locals pledged enough money to help create the Rosemont Preserve, the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy announced.
The 7.2-acre area of open space will bring trails and educational opportunities to La Crescenta residents and people throughout Los Angeles County and costs about $425,000.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, who represents Altadena, helped secure $350,000 in county funding to purchase the conservation land. The community helped donate the rest.
The Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy also supports open space projects in Altadena and originally started as the Altadena Foothills Conservancy.
On May 14, the group announced it needed $20,000 to secure the area as permanent open space in the Crescenta Valley, free from developers, according to the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy.
"Since then, community members have given or pledged a total of $42,000. The excess funds will help provide for the long-term stewardship of the land and will allow AFC to begin planning programs for the local community immediately. From the beginning of the drive the community has generously contributed a total of $97,500," said John Howell, Executive Director of the AFC.
"We let the community know we needed help and we got it in spades. We're very fortunate to have such a dedicated group of conservationists in the Crescenta Valley, and delighted to have them as partners," Howell said.
Here are some of the contributors to the project:
- Henry Fliegel of La Crescenta: $12,000
- Wells Fargo Foundation Grant: $10,000
- Scarlett Hibner of La Canada Flintridge: $14,000
- Desiree and Paul Rabinov of La Crescenta: $15,000
- Crescenta Valley Group of the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club: $5,000
The following residents and businesses have donated at least $500 to the project:
- Tracey Alsobrook
- Desdy and Charles Baggott
- Sharon and Scott Bateman
- Tom Brady
- Diana and Jeff Busta
- John Campbell
- Tony Chahine
- Doug Farr
- First Pacific Advisors
- Jackie Genofile
- Dino Gioia
- Barbara and Roy Goto
- Rona and Ian Harris
- Judith and Frederick Hoeptner
- Kevin Kroeker
- Daniel Limonadi
- Deborah and Bob Marlowe
- Neil Mottinger
- Nick and Mike of Keller Williams Realty
- Barbara Nielsen and Bill Bell
- Karen and Steve Pierce
- Anthony Portantino
- Pamela Rogers
- Robert Ruby
- Susie and Clarke Scherff
- Allison and Lake Setzler
- Gloria Surtees
- Lyn and Quentin Swan
- Mary and Michael Veselich
- Linda and Bob Winters
- Roobik Yaghoubi
Assembly Member Mike Gatto and Assembly Member Anthony Portantino helped secure the Wells Fargo grant, Howell said. Portantino is also an AFC advisor.