ASF Opposes New Bridge in Lower Arroyo Park

Pasadena is considering construction of a new bridge across the flood channel in Lower Arroyo Park. The bridge would be used for the rehabilitation of the La Loma Bridge, but then Pasadena plans to leave it as a permanent addition to the park.

For many decades local residents have been clamoring for the removal of the flood channel and the restoration of a living stream in this stretch of the Arroyo. The flood channel has long been an annoying obstacle in Lower Arroyo Park, so while we support access, trail continuity and circulation throughout the Arroyo, we believe that Pasadena staff should be looking at ways to remove the flood channel itself before investing in new, permanent infrastructure. The US Army Corps of Engineers Arroyo Ecosystem Study is now considering just such a major stream restoration in Pasadena's Lower Arroyo. Let's not undermine that very promising opportunity.

Here is the letter ASF sent to Pasadena's historical consultant on the project: No Bridge Now

Bridges Used in the 1990s for the BFI Lower Arroyo Restoration

Army Corps Study Promises Ecosystem Restoration for the Arroyo Seco

ASF and local agencies, including the Couty of Los Angeles, Pasadena, La Canada Flintridge, South Pasadena, Los Angeles and the Raymond Basin Management Board are now working with the US Army Corps of Engineers to develop the projects that will restore the Arroyo Seco ecosystem as part of the Corps Arroyo Seco Watershed Ecosystem Restoration Study.

Here are the sites that the Corps has its eyes on for potential projects:

  • Hahamongna Area
  • Flint Wash
  • 210 Freeway near Oak Grove
  • Brookside Area
  • Lower Arroyo Park
  • South Pasadena Island
  • Arroyo Seco through Los Angeles
  • Sycamore Grove Park
  • Rainbow Canyon