A new attraction, the kind South Pasadenans have grown accustomed to over the years, is about to debut with the announcement that the Arroyo Seco Pedestrian Bicycle Trail is tentatively scheduled to open Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. in the city.
Along with its quality parks, including one exclusively for dogs, an annual snow day, a festive 4th of July parade, concerts in the park, a classic car show, Chamber of Commerce Arts Crawls, a Tiger 5/10K run, special holiday family events (Eggstravaganza, Doggy Day with Cats, Too, Shakespeare in the Park), now comes a unique recreational amenity for community members.
The city’s newest project will include a new 0.6-mile bike and walking path linking the cities of Pasadena and Los Angeles through a small portion of South Pasadena. The trailhead will be at the corner of Stoney Dr. and Lohman Lane, near the Racquetball Center and Arroyo Seco Golf Course.
The trail will include benches, trash receptacles, drinking fountains, and, according to the City of South Pasadena Community Services Director Sheila Pautsch, enough space for cyclists and pedestrians to safely coexist. “This will be yet another opportunity as a recreational use for the community,” she said.
The Mobile Source Air Pollution Review Committee, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, a key Assembly Bill, City of South Pasadena designated reserves, Los Angeles County Regional Parks and Open Space District, Proposition C and Transportation Development Act funds are funding the project.
The groundbreaking for the trail took place last June near the Racquet Center on Lohman Lane.
Pautsch said a variety of booths will be set up at the grand opening, including one for the Arroyo Seco Foundation and cycling organizations. “We’ll try to have something for the biker, walker, and hiker,” she said, in terms of information that will be available to participants. “We’ll probably have a bike rodeo for kids so they can learn about bike safety and wearing their helmets correctly. It should be fun. The trail looks great. I’m pleased with the way it has come out.”
For more information please call the Community Services Department at (626) 403-7380.