Letter to the Editor | John Fauvre: Which Arroyo

Published : Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | 5:39 AM

Image courtesy of The Arroyo Advisory Group (AAG)

As a long term denizen of the Arroyo Seco, I hope the current “One Arroyo” effort will lead to greater recognition of the Arroyo’s many contributions to life in Pasadena. I look forward to more public meetings sponsored by the Arroyo Advisory Group to Reach that goal. The current plan to spend $350,000 for a new study and brochure does show commitment of the City to the concept, after decades of admitted allowing funding gaps for nearly all of the $80 million of capital improvements already identified over recent years.

So I hope public input will be more than a process for emotional venting and building of further wish lists. One way to support meaningful input would be to identify the most likely new sources of capital for any improvements, so that resident preferences are directed towards realistic possibilities. My guess is that the best chance comes from current revenue bases, the largest of which appear to be from Rose Bowl events and, now, festivals. This suggests that investments are most likely to come for projects that are likely to increase revenues for growth in these areas. “One Arroyo” would be focused on the stadium, golf course, and Brookside Park, with the possibility of improvements to trails and recreational uses to follow as possible.

Thus I hope we will see more information as this process unfolds so that further proposals can be meaningfully developed in light of realistic possibilities.

John Fauvre

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