Thanks to Pasadena historian, writer and Arroyo resident Ann Scheid for letting us know about the issue that’s been brewing in the lower Arroyo watershed area. There’s been some tension between the Pasadena Roving Archers and walkers—the archers, understandably, want to have lots of space to shoot arrows without fear of hitting people (or dogs), and many walkers say the trails that wend through archer territory are the prettiest in the Arroyo, and they should be able to pass through.
The issue will come before the city tomorrow, when the Recreation & Parks Commission meets to discuss the Archers’ annual use permit. They pay $1,000 a year for use of 18 acres in the lower Arroyo. At issue is whether walkers will get rights to walk those trails, perhaps at certain times of day.
The Roving Archers are an active bunch, and they’re expected to have a good turnout at the meeting. There’s no organized group for walkers, so Scheid and friends are getting the word out: If you walk the Arroyo and want to have a say in how the public lands are used, consider attending the meeting.
By the way, as part of gathering data for the meeting, Scheid and some fellow walking volunteers stationed themselves in the parking lot at various times of day, seven days a week, to get an estimate of how many people walk in the Arroyo. She says it came out an average of a person a minute, no matter the time of day or the day of the week. That’s 60 walkers an hour passing the parking lot. Dogs not included.
Recreation & Parks Commission Meeting
Tuesday, April 5, 6 p.m.
Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St., Old Pasadena
Agenda posted here