Call To Action


Only Archers Will Be Able to Enjoy This Spectacular Setting


This notice is a call for action. We came to you before because four native trees were being threatened in the Lower Arroyo. You responded magnificently then and, because of that, we are soliciting your support once again. But this is far more serious than four trees though the principle is very much the same.

The City of Pasadena has been in negotiations for some years to turn 18 of the most prized natural oak woodland acres on the west side of the Lower Arroyo over to a special interest group for their exclusive use. Negotiations have been primarily between the City and the Pasadena Roving Archers (PRA) but also includes non PRA archers as well. Their exclusive use eliminates all of the rest of us–walkers, joggers, dog walkers, equestrians, birders, etc.

If usurping 18 acres of prime public land were not bad enough, there is the issue of SAFETY!!
Archery in the Lower Arroyo is not safe and will continue to be unsafe whether or not the general public is denied access.

To further this cause, a new organization, Stewards of Public Land, has come forward to protect and preserve parks and open space in Pasadena and in the Arroyo Seco Watershed, cultivating a safe, welcoming and natural environment. We will work to ensure safe parks and open spaces that are accessible to all local community members and not fragmented or restricted exclusively to private user groups.

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 show your support by signing our petition. Then tell your friends and neighbors to sign the petition as well and encourage everyone to write to the members of the Pasadena City Council to preserve the Lower Arroyo for its rightful use as an unrestricted public resource.


Stewards of Public Land

Say No to Eighteen Exclusive Acres for Archers in the Lower Arroyo

This petition is now closed.

End date: Nov 14, 2014

Signatures collected: 446

446 signatures


  1. Phoebe Wilson said:

    The Lower Arroyo should be guarded as open space and made available to ALL Pasadena residents. Pasadena’s increased population has put new demands on our open spaces to the degree that no part of our parkland should be given over for the exclusive use by such a special interest group as this, many of whose members are not residents of Pasadena. The archers have always been too close to residences up the hill, posing safety threats to those residences immediately above their current location. Today’s bows are highly technical and vastly more powerful than they were when the Lower Arroyo range was first earmarked for archers. The archers should be relocated to a more suitable, accessible and monitored facility.

    August 26, 2014
  2. Alan said:

    Today’s bows are certainly more technical, but I disagree that they’re more powerful. Bows are still essentially the same strength as before, only now they’re more accurate. That means they’re safer to use and any mistake on the archers’ part will result in less chance of missing the target.

    In general though, I’m confused as to why a complete closure is even being considered. Whenever I go to the archery range, dog walkers and hikers come by all the time and there’s no problems. The archers are always shooting towards a very, very steep hill such that all arrows shot at the target would most certainly hit the hill if they miss the target.

    It seems to me as though each side wants complete control, which I find that hard to believe. There’s been a compromise for so long, so what’s changing that now?

    September 6, 2014

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