Some Patch readers noted they heard the changes had been made by a boy scout troop.
The La Cañada Valley Sun confirmed in an article Wednesday that on Dec. 8, Eagle Scouts in La Cañada Flintridge Troop 507 installed the fence and a sign along the trail and repainted the pedestrian equestrian tunnel that runs under Oak Grove Avenue along with friends and family for one of the Eagle Scout’s projects.
The changes were found when the Pasadena Public Works Department responded to the location to repair a broken water line caused by the modifications.
Charles Peretz, Administrator for Pasadena’s Parks and Natural Resources Division, told Patch last Thursday that the City of Pasadena had no idea at the time who added the fence and signage since the additions did not go through the City of Pasadena and its procedures for such changes.
Though the stretch of trail in question is in Pasadena, a County Parks and Recreation spokesman told the Valley Sun that the county has long maintained the area and the Eagle Scout troop was working with the county parks department, which provided the materials for the work.
Peretz previously told Patch that the trail changes may need to go, depending on whether they are in line with the City’s master plan and he maintains that stance.
“If you can get 50 boys and parents, to put 500 hours into fixing the trail, it seems to me you would be overjoyed and not raise an issue with the county,” Troup 507 co-scoutmaster John Moe told the Valley Sun.
A full report will be presented at the next Hahamongna Watershed Park Advisory Committee meeting on January 22, according to the City of Pasadena.