18 Acres of Exclusive Use for Archers? We Say Emphatically No!

Danger Trail to be Closed

This lovely trail in the Lower Arroyo could be permanently closed to the public.

On September 15, the Pasadena City Council will consider an agreement to permanently prohibit walking, jogging, dog-walking, birding and other forms of enjoyment of nature on the West side of the Lower Arroyo. We cannot let that happen, and it must be stopped. Let’s harness the same energy as we did with saving the trees and ensure that this area is not devoted to an exclusive private use and affords all our citizens a safe environment. Please sign our petition and join us at the Pasadena City Council meeting on Monday, September 15.

9 Comments

  1. Sally Francis said:

    NO to archery. This area should be for all to enjoy, not a special group with dangerous weapons.

    August 22, 2014
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  2. Juli Miller said:

    As residents of the City of Pasadena who pay taxes and who expect to be able to use our public spaces and have such right upheld by our local government, it is wrong on all levels that we would not be permitted to use our public lands, particularly those that abut our property! The attempt by an archery club, the members of which refuse to provide their addresses and their city of residence, to hijack our parks for their exclusive use, must be unanimously denied. If a group of people from Pasadena were to form a Lawn Dart Club group that would annex prime Manhattan Beach beach volleyball space to be used for our private use, to the exclusion of the tax paying citizens of Manhattan Beach, most people would consider such an act as egregious, so, too, is what is being considered in the lower arroyo!

    One of the arguments cited by the offending group is that they have been using this area for their exclusive use for 80+ years. To that point, 80+ years ago, the concept of “jogging” as a means of exercise did not exist; nor did an epidemic of childhood obesity, nor, a need of outdoor areas that are considered “safe” for children to play in, nor an area where dogs could be walked with the required leashes, etc. Further, your grandparents’ bows and arrows aren’t exactly the high-powered weapons that are being used today. If golf courses are required to erect nets to protect society from stray balls that could potentially harm people, animals, and objects, , then the City of Pasadena ought not to permit high powered weapons in residential areas without the similar and appropriate protective measures! The City of Pasadena is already strapped financially, and there is not enough insurance available to afford the results of errant arrows in an arroyo that borders properties of homeowners , their children, guests, employees, etc.

    Vote NO on this proposal, and, further, require the Archery Club to relocate to an area that would have the same protective measures and be suitable for firing lethal weapons as would be proposed for an activity such as target practice using firearms.

    August 22, 2014
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  3. Susan Babcock said:

    Please allow all users in the Lower Arroyo. Many of us consider it our backyard when we live so close.

    August 23, 2014
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  4. Maureen Hollingsworth said:

    Unbelievable the city would consider restricting the general public from public spaces in the Arroyo. Just as there have been legal issues restricting public from ocean access the city could find itself in similar law suits if they agree to restrict public access to the Arroyo. The Arroyo is a precious resource that should be accessible to all who choose the enjoy one of our city’s natural resources and preserve its quiet solitude for future generations.

    Maureen Hollingsworth

    August 25, 2014
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  5. Kathleen Goodwin said:

    How disappointing, that archers feel they should have exclusive rights to the Arroyo, or that anyone should feel that way! As tax paying citizens it is an area that our dollars maintain and we should be able to enjoy hikes, jogging, strolls, or riding horses through this peaceful, nature filled part of our urban dwelling. The Arroyo is a treasure and should be available to all residents of Pasadena, not just one group.

    August 25, 2014
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  6. Charlotte Baqnnan said:

    As a tax paying citizen I believe that the Arroyo should be for the use and pleasure of all residents of Pasadena, not just archers. Please vote NO on thi8s disturbing proposal.

    August 26, 2014
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  7. William J. Bedford said:

    For the sake of ALL Pasadenans, young and old, please do not seriously even consider closing off the west side of the central arroyo to those who like to walk, run or hobble along and through this scenic gem!!

    August 26, 2014
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  8. David M Davis said:

    The City of Pasadena is blessed with a precious amount of open space that presently is accessable for all residents to enjoy. We can not afford to set a precident by allowing a relatively small special interest group, such as the archers, to place their interests ahead of the general good. Once this is allowed to happen, even once, how wiil it be possible to deny the next special interest to do the same?

    August 27, 2014
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  9. marcia ellinger said:

    Please preserve it as public park land.

    September 3, 2014
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