A new paved trail in South Pasadena’s Arroyo Park is about to get a whole lot safer.
The official opening for the Arroyo Seco Pedestrian and Bicycle Trail opening has been delayed while city staff and South Pasadena City Council members look at ways to protect walkers, joggers, runners and bicyclists from misplayed golf shots coming from a nearby driving range at Arroyo Seco Golf Course.
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 a canopy over the trail extending along the golf course driving range.
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.
With action taken by the council this week, work on the project is expected to start in July and completed in August.
The Arroyo Seco Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail is an extension of an existing trail from the City of Los Angeles and the City of Pasadena.