City Publishes Map of Recreational, Cultural Offerings in Arroyo Seco

Published : Thursday, July 16, 2009 | 7:53 AM

Q: What has a pond for casting, a pool for Olympics training, and basins to catch rainfall?

A: Arroyo Seco, a stream course and canyon that runs from the San Gabriel Mountains to the Los Angeles River .

Free, full-color maps are now available to help Pasadena residents and visitors explore the city’s Arroyo Seco park, a natural and historic preserve that also features recreational and cultural offerings.

Spanning eight miles through the western portion of Pasadena city limits, Arroyo Seco is an ecosystem that includes five natural plant communities and hundreds of species of local and migratory wildlife.

It is home to Rose Bowl stadium and aquatics center, Kidspace Children’s Museum, Brookside golf course and park, a disc golf course, horse trails, bike trails and 22 miles of hiking trails. The Colorado Street Bridge and other scenic bridges cross the parkland at various elevations.

Though its name is Spanish for “dry gulch,” Arroyo Seco is a watershed with steep canyon walls that can rapidly change it from a trickle to a roaring river without warning in times of heavy rains or melting snow.

The map lists all these amenities, plus trailheads, picnic areas, restrooms, parking lots, bus stops, and historic detail such as the origin of “Devils Gate” and the parkland’s transformation during the Great Depression. Arroyo Seco was recently listed in the National Register of Historic Places for its cultural resources.

The map is available at Pasadena public libraries, community centers, and public counters, or online at, click on Arroyo Seco. Funding was provided by a grant from Habitat Conservation Fund and the city.

For more information call (626) 744-4321.

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