August 2005 - Park
Change Removing SE corner including Pedestrian Entrance
On July 30, 2005 the letter below was received
by residents within 300 feet of the new park. In summary, Edison
discovered that the high tension wires are too close to the ground in
the south east corner of the park to allow public access to the area
beneath them, and therefore that area will be fenced off. Because
the planned pedestrian entrance would have to go through that area, it
exist as it was planned.
At the August 2nd meeting of the Parks and
Recreation Commission, the commission was informed that city staff had
changed their mind and were no longer requesting that the plan be
changed. This is because there is still some hope that sometime
in the future
Edison will move the power lines higher and thus enable the original
plan to be completed. By not changing the plan now, it would not
have to be changed again if that happens.
Since then we have heard from Councilman Haderlein that plans are
underway to move the pedestrian entrance 75 to 100 yards south on
the power lines are again high enough to allow public access beneath
them. There will then be a path from that entrance north to the
southern edge of the park. The plan is to have this ready in time
for the park opening (which is more likely possible now that the
opening has been delayed). Details of this entrance and path are
not yet available.
Update Feb 27, 2006:
entrance will temporarily be located at the intersection with Alameda
the existing vehicle gates are). The path will then proceed
Edison land using the existing City easement. Once the path gets
City owned land west of the Edison wires, the path will proceed
north to the southern edge of the park. It is expected that as
the result of negotiations with Edison
involving the Ice Rink project the pedestrian
entrance will be moved further north on Avocado, probably to just south
of Del Vina Street.
1. The problem lines are on the eastern
set of towers. These towers are much further apart
then the western towers and the lines dip much lower in between.
2. Edison could move the lines higher, and hasn't ruled out doing
it, but currently has no plans or funding to do so.
3. Rough estimates show that any entrance further south on Avocado
would likely have to be
somewhere south of Del
Vina Street. Probably south of the tower
for the western set of lines.
of early August the city still planned to put in the curb and gutter
from the north side of
Las Lunas to where the pedestrian entrance was supposed to be and
put in the street light which was to
go at the entrance. It is possible that the money that would have
been used for this will be redirected to construction of the new
entrance further south and path from there to the park. In any
case, as of early 2006 it does not appear that any street improvements
will occur on Avocado.
July 28, 2005
The master plan for Eaton Wash
Park was amended in June 2004 to modify the park's
boundaries to utilize the Southern California Edison (SCE) property
east of the dedicated
park. At that time SCE had conditionally approved the revised park
contingent upon a completion of a detailed final review and approval.
In the interest of
completing the park as soon as possible, the project was put out to bid
and the City
Council authorized the award of contract prior to the final approval of
the project plans
During the final stages of
plan review, SCE informed the city that clearance issues below
the transmission lines in the southeast comer of the site would
preclude any public use of
this area. A section of the proposed park measuring 80' by 275' will be
unavailable for park use and the master plan for the park has been
(please see attachment).
This "exclusion zone" includes
the proposed park entrance located on Avocado Avenue,
thus there will be no secondary entrance to the park, at least
initially. As a part of the
development of the area south of the park, currently proposed as the
location of an ice
rink, staff hopes to develop a route of access from Avocado Avenue into
the park. This
proposal is contingent upon the development plans for this area and
implemented until those plans are resolved.
The cost savings associated
with this modification will be used to upgrade some or all of
the park walkways from decomposed granite to concrete. We will upgrade
as many of
the park's walkways to concrete as our budget allows.
Staff plans to present this
master plan amendment to the Recreation and Parks
Commission on August 2, 2005 and to the City Council on August 22,
meetings will be held at the Pasadena Senior Center at 85 E. Holly St.
and Parks Commission meeting starts at 6:00 and the Council meeting
begins at 6:30.
Please feel free to call me at 626-744-7329 if you have any questions.
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