Our Readers Write: Hahamongna should be kept as haven

July 21, 2010

Re: Piece of Mind column, "Giving fields a sporting chance," July 15.

Many of us — hikers, runners, walkers, bicyclists, equestrians, artists, scientists, children, families — go to Hahamonga because we need wild spaces, unpredictable surfaces, plants, trees, flowers, running wild water, birds, small mammals, deer, bumblebees and the occasional coyote and bobcat. We live nearby because it is there and easy to access, and it gives us what we can't find in the urban/suburban landscape.

The Station fire took 250 square miles of habitat from our treasured wildlife, and those that survived have been compressed into what little remains. The plans for soccer fields will not make their life better; it will remove one more option for their existence.


Every day there are birders, senior citizens, bikers, runners, hikers and others that escape from the noise and asphalt to find peace of mind and to experience a pocket of wild, open space. Once it is gone, it will never be the same for the people, the birds, the animals and the trees.

For more than two months I spoke almost daily with anyone encountered in Hahamongna — hikers, families on nature walks, equestrians, joggers, mountain bikers, birders, scientists — and only two individuals out of at least 400 thought that the soccer park was a good plan. Most of the people I spoke with were shocked that such an idea had been proposed, much less accepted by the city of Pasadena.

When issues of whether to develop an area are weighed, especially when the place considered is a public area, then it makes sense that the governing body evaluates the best use for the most diverse public. In the case of Hahamongna, based on the people who use and appreciate the area as it is, there is no doubt in my mind that the majority people do not want a soccer field.

The online petition at does a good job in describing the reasons for preservation through diverse writers.

The majority of people who love Hahamongna as it is — a haven for people and wildlife.

Marnie Gaede

La Cañada

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