Published : Thursday, February 8, 2018 | 6:31 AM
A Pasadena Task Force grappling with ways to enhance the Colorado Street Bridge to help deter suicide jumpers will meet a second time on February 20, City officials announced Wednesday.
Last November, the first Task Force meeting evoked heartrending tales of tragic leaps and heartfelt offers of creative preventative solutions.
The Task Force — formed in July, 2017 by Public Works Director Ara Maloyan following a disturbing spate of successful suicide attempts from the historic bridge — is made up of representatives from the historic preservation community, police and fire officials, mental health experts, architects, and engineers in “the hope of developing options that are amenable to all stakeholders and the community at large,” Maloyan said at the time.
One month earlier, the City had installed 10-foot-high metal mesh fencing around the benched alcoves on both sides of the Bridge as a temporary deterrent measure.
Maloyan’s Task Force is seeking “ responsibly designed permanent solutions” that can be an effective deterrent while also being respectful of the bridge’s national historic status and architectural significance.
The vision of the Task Force is to allow the community to experience and enjoy the Colorado Street Bridge and the Arroyo Seco area below it as a safe and beautiful environment.
At the Feb. 20 meeting, the Task Force will present its evaluation of the recommendations made by the public at the first meeting and receive additional feedback.
The meeting is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at the Maranatha High School Student Center, 169 S. Saint John Ave. Free parking is available in the Visitor’s Parking Lot on campus or the school’s underground parking, both off of South St. John Avenue.
For more information email to ColoradoBridgeTaskForce@cityofpasadena.net or visit the City’s webpage: https://ww5.cityofpasadena.net/public-works/engineering-and-construction/construction/colorado-street-bridge/
For more about the Task Force’s first meeting, click here.