Installation of a safety canopy has begun over a new walking and bicycle trail along the Arroyo Seco Golf Course driving range.
Judge Netting Barrier Specialists is performing the work on the new Arroyo Seco Bicycle Pedestrian Trail, which extends just over a sixth of a mile from the South Pasadena Racquet Ball Center to the city border in Los Angeles.
The protective canopy, according to South Pasadena City Councilman Michael Cacciotti, will provide protection for walkers, joggers and cyclists from being struck by golf balls hit from the nearby driving range. City works officials say construction is expected to be completed by July 23.
Tentatively scheduled for its grand-opening back in February, council members pushed the debut of the trail back until safety concerns were met. Following months of research and speaking with firms with expertise in protective coverings, council members believe they have remedied the situation by authorizing City Manager Stephanie DeWolfe to execute an agreement with Judge Netting, Inc. in the amount of $70,000 for the new canopy.
Concerns were raised last winter during the final construction phase of the trail when city officials noticed a number of golf balls from the driving range landing on or near the newly constructed trail. City staff then stressed to City Council members in early March the need for netting over portions of the trail.
The new covering will come with a 10-year warranty and requires a bi-monthly cleaning to remove debris that builds up.
The Arroyo Seco Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail is an extension of an existing trail from the Cities of Los Angeles and Pasadena.