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Meetings to be Held on Sports Field, Trail Projects in Hahamongna

The public will have a chance to give input on a plan to put a sports field in an open space area in the Hahamongna Watershed Park.

The City of Pasadena will hold a series of meetings on plans to add a sports field and trail to the Hahamongna Watershed Park in June and July.

The projects have been criticized in the past for eating into open space areas in the park - the sports field was approved by the Pasadena City Council at a contentious meeting in 2010 where many people spoke out against it.  The Council decided at that time to scale back the original plan, which included two sports fields.

The meetings will include an informational session on June 27, and two scoping meetings in July, which are state-required meetings to be held as part of the environmental planning process for the project.

The project is separate from the , though Pasadena is considering using sediment from the dam to help fill in the sports field area.

So far, plans of the upcoming project including details on the trail and field and when they will be built are not posted on the Pasadena city website.  

Though the park is immediately adjacent to La Canada Flintridge on the westside and Altadena on the eastside, the City of Pasadena owns the bulk of the land in the park.

The meeting dates are as follows:

Wednesday, June 27th, 6:30pm – Community Meeting 
Pasadena City Yards, 2nd floor Large Conference Room 
This meeting WILL NOT kick off the CEQA process. The purpose of the meeting is to provide information only.

Thursday, July 12th, 6:30pm – EIR Scoping Meeting #1 
Salvation Army Fellowship Hall, 960 East Walnut, Pasadena, CA 91106 
(Parking lot is entered from Mentor, south of Walnut)

Saturday, July 14th, 10:00am – EIR Scoping Meeting #2 
Salvation Army Fellowship Hall, 960 East Walnut, Pasadena, CA 91106 
(Parking lot is entered from Mentor, south of Walnut)

Petrea Burchard May 24, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Thanks for this article. I hope people will show up; the meetings are important. I was at the Pasadena City Council meeting where the plans were scaled back from two fields to one. Citizens spoke (for something like three hours) against plans to build sports fields of any kind at Hahamongna. Not one citizen spoke out in favor of such fields, yet plans to build a field (and a parking lot to go with it) move forward.
Dan Abendschein (Editor) May 24, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Petrea, thanks should go to Lori Paul and Mary Berrie for alerting me to this. I remember that meeting well from my Star-News days. I am interested to see what they the final plans look like - kind of surprised to not see links up on the Pasadena city website yet. I was going to go back and look at the old plans from that meeting in 2010 but I figure they have been working on them since, and there are probably changes.
Steve Lamb May 24, 2012 at 01:31 PM
I guess Pasadena will keep asking this question until either no one shows up or we all change our minds and say yes to the sports field no one but AYSO wants or will be able to use, just like every other publicly owned piece of grass in Pasadena.
Robby May 24, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Yep. It's not going away....ever. What local citizens want apparently does not matter to the Pasadena City Council.
Damien May 24, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Tell the committee to stay away from our precious Arroyo!
Petrea Burchard May 31, 2012 at 05:02 AM
Please show up at the meetings, guys! I don't think the Pasadena City Council understands just how big the opposition is.

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