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How the Brookside Golf Course is repairing turf, trees damaged by Arroyo Seco Weekend





July 2, 2017 - The Rose Bowl staff goes to work fixing up the dings and damage caused by the first Arroyo Seco Weekend music festival.


Jason Henry


Pasadena Star-News


Jesse Ramos and Erin Powell, of Northridge, rest on Brookside Golf Course’s brown grass at the end of the Arroyo Seco Weekend festival on Sunday, June 25, 2017 in Pasadena. Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG

Like anyone after a long weekend of partying, Pasadena’s Brookside Golf Course is recovering with plenty of rest and about 200,000 gallons of extra water following the first ever Arroyo Seco Weekend.

The new music festival brought thousands of trampling feet, three heavy stages and a parking lot full of cars to the idyllic municipal golf course next to the Rose Bowl Stadium.

Fans of Tom Petty and Mumford & Sons turned the previously green fairways and roughs into a blotchy brown and toppled at least one tree by the end of the two-day event.

“We’re in the process of bringing the golf course back to life,” said David Sams, the director of golf operations at the Rose Bowl Operating Company. “I’ve seen a lot worse damage in the wintertime during Rose Bowl games.”

About 20 percent of the 36-hole golf course was used for the festival, Sams said.

People socialize on Brookside Golf Course’s brown grass at the end of the Arroyo Seco Weekend festival on Sunday, June 25, 2017 in Pasadena. Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG
The maintenance crews tried to prevent as much damage as possible before the festival even began. Greens and teeing grounds at the seven holes used by Arroyo Seco Weekend were fenced off to avoid wear and tear. The fairways and roughs open to the public were treated in advance to reduce the impact.

That area, which couldn’t be watered normally between the setup and tear down, is now receiving a healthy dose of fertilizer and water to revitalize the grounds.

Brookside uses about 600,000 to 700,000 gallons of water per day, roughly 30 percent less than previous years thanks to more efficient irrigation. But over the next 10 days, the slice of land that hosted Arroyo Seco Weekend is getting an extra 200,000 gallons of water as part of the efforts to bring the area back to life.

Some of the net water savings made during the festival may balance out the figure, Sams said.

Officials hope the property’s drought-tolerant grass, now in its growing season, will flourish naturally with the extra love, but some portions may need to be resodded. A full assessment hasn’t yet been finished as the grass needs to be given a chance to grow.

“It is a science and an art,” said Darryl Dunn, the Rose Bowl’s general manager. “If we can have it recover through watering and fertilizer and Mother Nature, that’s what we’re going to do.”

Per the lease agreement, the festival’s parent company, Anschutz Entertainment Group, has to foot the bill for repairs to the grounds, Dunn said.

Brookside is replacing a small, non-native tree toppled by a couple trying to set up a hammock during the festival. The tree, which cracked at the base, narrowly missed hitting families resting in the shade.

No one was injured.

“That was really the only tree issue that we had,” Sams said.

On July 4, the golf course will again be used for parking for AmericaFest, but the traffic from the annual fireworks show is not expected to cause much of an impact. The greens reopen to golfers the following morning.

The portion affected by Arroyo Seco Weekend will continue to receive treatments throughout the holiday week while officials monitor the regrowth. There is a learning curve for the first year of the festival, Sams said.

“This is new to us and we’re tracking everything,” he said.




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