Deciding Hahamongna’s fate. Again.
July 7, 2010 § 12 Comments
We’ve touched on this before, but today is a day of blogger solidarity to protect Hahamongna in its current state. The Pasadena City Council will meet on Monday, July 12, to vote on whether or not to place soccer fields within this natural park that contains a now rare thing in the greater LA area: oak woodlands and riparian and wetland habitat.
Details for the meeting:
Monday, July 12, 6:30-8:30pm; at 100 North Garfield Avenue, Pasadena, CA
Soccer is a great activity for kids, and we’re discovering that Angelenos have really been bit by the World Cup bug, so I can appreciate the need for active recreational space. But Pasadena, how about setting aside land in the neighborhoods where you have population density? Make your many developers contribute to a dedicated park zone or landbank it into existence. How about fields that are walkable to youngsters? I don’t know about the alternative sites, but have been assured that some exist, and if not, make a plan to carve it out of some of the land when everything around it is densifying.
Hahamongna isn’t a pristine place, but it is holds important habitats, gives us a thread of wildness on the edge of our developed lowlands. It is also part of the Arroyo Seco system – Hahamongna as we know it exists because of the sedimentation behind Devil’s Gate dam. The habitats that have established there would probably look different without the dam. The dam isn’t the issue however, it’s the riparian and wetland functions and associated habitats. So let’s consider this issue in light of Hahamongna not as a park, but as a stream or wetland system.
Would it be appropriate if…
They (a generic “they”) put a soccer field in the Ballona wetlands? Oh, wait…there are ballfields there.
“They” culverted a stream to put a soccer field over it? Well, that nearly happened, until the stream got earmarked for restoration to settle a lawsuit. Close call, that one.
What if “they” bulldozed a floodplain for fields, homes, trailer parks, minimalls, parking lots, electrical substations?
Or rammed freeways down stream corridors?
The point is, we’ve done so many things to streams, it may be hard to recognize the problem. I hope Pasadena can.
In addition to Pasadena Daily Photo (linked above), here’s a list of other bloggers writing about Hahamongna today:
Altadena Above It All
A Thinking Stomach
Avenue to the Sky
East of Allen
Finnegan Begin Again
Go Deep…Find Truth
LA Creek Freak
Mister Earl’s Musings
My Life With Tommy
Pasadena 91105 and Beyond
The Sky Is Big In Pasadena
Webster’s Fine Stationers Web Log
West Coast Grrlie Blather