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‘Environmental Treasure’ Hahamongna Watershed Park Marks 30th-Year Anniversary

Published on Thursday, March 16, 2023 | 6:25 am

The California Art Club and Arroyo Seco Foundation are teaming to sponsor a unique event on Saturday, March 18, at Hahamongna Watershed Park called “The Great Hahamongna Paint-Out and Walkabout” to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Hahamongna Watershed Park.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will offer a range of fun-filled activities for all ages.

Arroyo Seco Foundation Executive Director Tim Brick said the event commemorates the founding of the Hahamongna Watershed Park in 1993 and is one of several planned to mark the park’s three decades.

During the event more than 30 artists from the California Art Club will create new works inspired by the natural beauty of the area. 

California Art Club Executive Director Elaine Adams said, “The Arroyo Seco represents a vital natural environment that supported the area’s early indigenous people and now provides a respite for the surrounding community. Through the artwork that will be created during the Great Hahamongna Paint-Out for the upcoming exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of History, artists will deliver a powerful message about the critical need to preserve this unique natural resource for future generations.”

Visitors can watch the artists at work, or even “paint along” at public art stations and activity tables for children.

In addition to the art activities, visitors can join a guided walking tour of the park’s trails, stopping at environmental learning stations along the way. These stations provide insights into the recreation, habitat, wildlife, and water resources of this rare spot near the mouth of the Arroyo Seco. 

Environmental and recreational groups such as the Pasadena Audubon Society, Outward Bound Adventures, Arlington Gardens, Arroyos and Foothills Conservancy, and Friends of the Los Angeles River will staff these learning stations.

The Great Hahamongna Paint-Out and Walkabout will take place in the park’s Eastern Parking Lot on North Explorer Road. The lot was formerly a parking lot for the neighboring Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The event is free and open to the public, and anyone interested in helping with its presentation can contact the Arroyo Seco Foundation. Volunteers are needed for tour guides, arts and crafts instructors, and clean-up, and a few exhibitor spaces.

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