Neighborhood, City, Muir Mustangs, Celebrate Rededication of East Arroyo Connector Trail

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With Thanks to Karla Bartholomew for Photography

5:08 am | April 16, 2018


District 1 City Councilmember Tyron Hampton and City Manager Steve Mermell led City officials and Pasadena community members Saturday in rededicating the East Arroyo Neighborhood Connector Trail on Saturday morning under a blazing sun and blue skies.

The ribbon cutting. Photo by Karla Bartholomew

“This was one of our first initiatives as a City Councilmember, when I first got elected,” Hampton told a gathering of several dozen neighbors, city officials, hikers, athletes and Arroyo lovers.

Hampton expressed how great it felt “to actually see something come to fruition, and totally change in an extremely positive way.”

“Everyone who has walked these trails has called me and said, ‘thank you so much for working on this, this is amazing!” Hampton.

The City hosted a ribbon-cutting and light trail walk, with Pasadena Fire Department paramedics and health department staff tagging along “just in case somebody didn’t make it up the hill,” said Hampton jokingly.

Hampton has said that during his days at John Muir High School and to this day. Muir athletes call the connector “Mustang Hill.”John Muir’s athletic teams, from track to tennis, use the trail to run and work out, Hampton said.

City Manager Steve Mermell told the gathering that originally, the City planned to remove the old pavement and make the trail “more natural.”

“But then we heard from the community that they really wanted this type of material to run on, to train on, and that’s what’s actually good about our City – we listen to people. So we heard from you and we made it even better than it was,” Mermell said.

After the ribbon cutting and before a group walk on the newly improved trail, Hampton and Pasadena Fire Chief Bertral Washington led the group in performing warm-up exercises.

Work on the $150,000 project, including pavement, signage and a few scattered rest benches, took three months after City Council approval in January, although the project was actually proposed nine years earlier. Other improvements include an upgraded drainage and habitat restoration. The trail connects the East Arroyo to the Central Arroyo Seco.

Fire Chief Washington led the paramedics and firefighters who drive up in a fire engine. Other walk participants included officers from the Pasadena police officers, Pasadena Unified School District students as well as students from other independent schools in the City, and representatives from Pasadena’s Public Works Department, the Northwest Commission, the Arts and Culture Commission, and area neighborhood associations.