On Saturday, January 28, 2006 Arroyo afficionados gathered at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains to celebrate the addition of thirty acres to Hahamongna Watershed Park. Pasadena purchased the choice property from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California which in turn had bought it from Pasadena in 1970. The site, just south of Jet Propulsion Laboratory, at the mouth of the Arroyo, contains the former US Forest Service Ranger Station, County Fire Camp #2, and the facilites of Rose Bowl Riders and Tom Sawyer Camp.
The festivities included displays, speeches (of course!), refreshments and self-guided tours. It was a joyous celebration of the spirit of the Arroyo. Don Rogers captured the tenor of the event with these great photos.
Entering Hahamongna Watershed Park
Betsy Tyler, Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard, Claire Bogaard, Council member Sid Tyler and some beautiful dogs
Pasadena Council member Joyce Streator greets the crowd
Arroyo Seco Supervisor Rosa Laveaga chats with Gabrielino/Tongva Chief Anthony Morales
MWD Director Tim Brick blathers on
A Tongva Blessing by Chief Anthony Morales and his son
Angeles National Forest Supervisor Jodie Cook discusses the transition with Tim Brick
La Canada Mayor Anthony Portantino, Assemblywoman Carol Liu and Arroyo All-Star Tom Seifert
Here's the Rose Bowl Riders' clubhouse and rink
The LA County Fire Department chopper is ready to take off
Tom and Huck have been here on the grounds of Tom Sawyer Camp in the Hahamongna Annex
Riding through the spectacular oak woodland