Lately the archers have been loudly proclaiming that they only(?) use 7 acres in the Lower Arroyo and chastising us for saying that 18 acres of the Lower Arroyo are being devoted to archery use.
Here’s how the Lower Arroyo Seco Master Plan, Pasadena’s official planning guideline for the area, describes the archery range on page 2-24:
…The agreement between the City and the roving Archers is currently under revision. The City Manager will execute an annual contract that the City will use to govern the use of the approximately 18-acre area on the west side of the flood control channel from just south of the Colorado Street Bridge, south to the La Loma Street Bridge. Facilities included a small building with room for meetings….etc. (LAMP, Adopted September 29, 2003)
And what happened to that annual contract? The Pasadena Roving Archers have been operating in the area without a contract for more than four years.
Or here’s another way to look at the measurement issue, using precise GIS tools from Google Earth.
Northern Archery Range –
10.4 acres between Colorado Street and the pedestrian bridge
Southern Archery Range –
12.0 acres between the pedestrian bridge and La Loma.
Reasonable people can quibble about the exact acreage, but it’s pretty clear that the archery range impact is much closer to 18 acres than it is to 7.