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City Council to Discuss Hahamongna Native Habitat Restoration Program

The Council appears set to enter an agreement to spend $4.8 million, $3.2 of it from a state grant, on native habitat restoration on the west side of Hahamongna.

The Pasadena City Council will discuss Monday night how to implement a state grant to restore native habitat in the Hahamonga Watershed Park.

The Council will vote at Monday's meeting on starting an agreement with the local Arroyo Seco Foundation to help carry out the project.  

Assuming the Council approves the agreement, the city would use approximately $3.2 million in state money and combine it with $1.6 million in local funds to carry out a project that includes removing current vegetation and replacing it with native plants, constructing a public restroom, water fountain and picnic area and removal of unused water facilities.

The project is part of a larger plan to improve the west side of the park, and includes construction of a new athletic field and a bike and pedestrian trail. The athletic field has been a source of concern for some local community members who would prefer to see the park remain as a natural area.

The city's staff report on the project can be viewed here.  The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall Monday night and can be viewed online here.

The Arroyo Seco Foundation has carried out a variety of local habitat restoration projects including cleaning out a section of the river south of the Rose Bowl and reintroducing the Arroyo chub, a once-common native fish.

ANALILY PARK October 29, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Love this park, especially after the drainage of the Dam It's a wonderful hiking spot!
Barbara Ellis October 30, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Just to clarify a rather confusing situation, Dan. Funds that were to be spent on the west side of Hahamongna will now be diverted to the Arroyo Seco canyon above JPL. The Pasadena City water intake dam up there will be changed to an inflatable one to make water collection more efficient, and restrooms, picnic tables and informational signage will be installed near the Ranger Station. The planned restoration of Berkshire Creek and the westside trail will not now go ahead until there is new funding.
Mary November 01, 2012 at 05:38 AM
I like all aspects of the plan except the athletic field.

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