Arroyo Currents – Arroyo Seco Foundation February 2015 Newsletter
We were disappointed by the Pasadena City Council vote to cede a large portion of the Lower Arroyo Park to Pasadena Roving Archers and other archers in a vote early in the morning of February 3, 2015. After a five hour public hearing and discussion, the council split 5-3.
The archers loudly proclaimed that the new agreement is not for “exclusive use” because anyone can still walk near the archery range, but in the future all other users will be warned by signs and barriers not to stray into the large archery range because in the judgment of the City Council it is too unsafe to allow the public to enjoy the area. All non-archers will be restricted to the dry, barren path lined by a chain link fence near the flood channel. No one, however, goes to the Lower Arroyo to walk near the flood channel.
As a conservation organization, ASF’s vision is for a restored Arroyo Seco River flowing through a nature preservation area. Archers can fit into that vision, if proper safety restrictions are applied and if the public, at least at some times, has access to one of the most beautiful spots in the urban Arroyo Seco.