Maintaining New Trail in Arroyo Park

During Wednesday’s scheduled 7:30 p.m. meeting, the City Council will be asked to authorize an agreement with the LandCare for Maintaining the Arroyo Seco Bicycle and Pedestrian

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | | Arroyo Seco Bike Trail

South Pasadena City Council members on Wednesday night will be asked to authorize City Manager Stephanie DeWolfe to execute an amended contract with LandCare, in an amount not-to-exceed $355 monthly, for maintenance of the Arroyo Seco Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail.  The amount is not to exceed $25,783.

On February 21, the City Council approved entering into a multi-year contract with LandCare to perform landscape maintenance services at City parks, facilities, grounds, and medians.  The term of the original contract is January 1, to December 31, 2020.

When the City Council approved the contract, city staff noted that maintenance for the landscaping adjacent to the Arroyo Seco Racquet Club and Lohman Lane was removed from the scope of services so it could be evaluated upon completion of the Arroyo Seco Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail Project.

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On June 6, the City Council accepted the completion of the Arroyo Seco Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail Project.

The contractor is required to complete 90-days of maintenance on the Trail landscaping and their maintenance obligation will be completed on September 4.

Following the contractor’s maintenance period, the city needs to assume maintenance of the trail. The new path was designed to be a very low maintenance facility, however there are a few routine items that need to be performed:

  • Weekly cleanup of leaves, litter and debris.
  • Weekly detailing of the ground covers and landscaping.
  • Monthly weed abatement.
  • Emptying trash cans along to the trail. Initially trash will be picked up one day a week, however the contract amendment includes a rate for a second day of trash pickup should the demand increase.
  • Quarterly skirting trees and trimming bush branches that interfere with the trail.
  • Monthly preventative maintenance of the irrigation including maintenance and repair.

The proposed cost from LandCare to complete these services is $355 per month, or $4,260 annually. Staff has evaluated the proposal and the costs are fair when evaluating the level of effort required and comparing against rates for similar services at other City sites.

A city report contributed to this article.