Organizers Hope You Will Take a Stroll on the Pasadena Freeway During "Open Street" Event

Published : Monday, September 9, 2019 | 5:30 AM

Plans are afoot to let locals take the Pasadena Freeway on foot, for a unique Open Street event next year.

The City of Pasadena Department of Transportation and Pasadena Police Department are working with staff from the city of South Pasadena to ensure the second ArroyoFest next year, specifically on Sunday, November 8, 2020, will proceed without any hitches.

Modeled after thousands of other “Open Street” events and building upon the original 2003 ArroyoFest, the free community event is designed to temporarily open the historic Arroyo Seco Parkway, also called the 110 Pasadena Freeway, for people to freely walk, jog, skate, bike, explore, and connect with the diverse communities that call the Arroyo Seco home.

South Pasadena is hosting the event in collaboration with Active SGV after receiving funding through the 2018 Metro Call for Open Streets Events as part of Metro’s Open Streets Competitive Grant Program.

The program aims to provide opportunities for riding transit, walking and riding a bike; to encourage future mode shift to more sustainable transportation modes: and for civic engagement to foster the development of multi-modal policies and infrastructure at the city/community level.

On Tuesday, September 10, Pasadena Transportation Director Laura Cornejo will brief the City Council’s Municipal Services Committee on the progress of preparations for the event, especially on traffic control plans for the intersection Glenarm Street and the Arroyo Seco Parkway. The area is at the northern tip of the Open Streets event on November 8, according to a preliminary report by the Department of Transportation.

The route will traverse the same stretch of the Arroyo Seco Parkway as in 2003, but will now feature the opportunity to utilize the Metro Gold Line to access the event. Like any Open Streets event, ArroyoFest 2019 does not feature a start or finish line, and participants can come and go, stop and explore, and traverse as much or as little of the route as they wish.

Hydration stations will be distributed along the route, and an activity hub near the South Pasadena Gold Line station will feature live music and performances, pop-up art, family-friendly play zones, food vendors and other activities within South Pasadena’s historic Mission Heart.

The Municipal Services Committee meeting on Tuesday begins at 4 p.m. at the City Council chambers, Room S249 at City Hall.

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