Hahamongna Changes: Pasadena Won’t Punish Eagle Scouts for Work

The City of Pasadena was first unaware of who recently made changes to part of a trail in Hahamongna Watershed Park but still needs to evaluate how the changes fit with the City’s master plan, the La Cañada Valley Sun reports.

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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.

Jessica Hamlin December 21, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Peretz did say in the Valley Sun article that he was grateful they were so interested in helping upgrade the park.
Melody Comfort December 21, 2012 at 11:22 PM
I applaud, and am grateful for the dedication of the scouts and other volunteers, who assisted on this much needed project. It greatly enhances the trail. Thank you L.A. County Department of Parks & Recreation for providing much needed materials to help this project come to fruition, and for continuing to maintain this public area for us. We really appreciate it. City of Pasadena, no one meant to offend you. L.A. County should have known about your Master Plan for Pasadena, and should have consulted with you as they coordinated with the scouts on this project. Do not penalize the scouts. They followed what they believed was the correct hierarchal path. An observation: The break in the water line would probably not have happened, if the City of Pasadena had been partnered in as it should have been. It could have identified where the lines run underground. Who ended up paying for the repairs on the line and the water that was lost? I can see why Pasadena was upset -- more work for them. Someone in L.A. County was probably trying to avoid red tape and to streamline the project by going around the city's official process. It is always better to plan ahead, take more time, and to go through the proper channels. That said, Pasadena, please give the scouts and their work the green light. They provided a wonderful service which is benefiting our community.
ROBERT E. FISHBACK December 22, 2012 at 02:51 PM
"What a tool" uhhh,,,,"flasher?"...sorry couldn't resist.
ROBERT E. FISHBACK December 22, 2012 at 02:56 PM
I still wonder why I get replies from "noreply"
ROBERT E. FISHBACK December 22, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Melody Comfort..what a beautiful name..really..You need to market your own Liquor Drink...It would sell like hot cakes...


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