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Locals dedicate Trail Council Link to complete citywide trail loop

March 16, 2011|By Sara Cardine, Special to the Valley Sun
  • Walkers enjoy the newly opened trail following a dedication of the last unfinished segment of the city's core circular trail in La Canada Flintridge on Saturday, March 12, 2011. (Photo by S. Andrew Lower)
Walkers enjoy the newly opened trail following a dedication…

Nearly a decade of planning — the collaboration of city, county and state agencies and utilities with local residents and members of the La Cañada Flintridge Trails Council — came to a victorious close Saturday as the ribbon was cut on a trail completing a 12-mile trail loop that weaves through the city and into nearby foothill locations. The loop will provide further access to a trail network whose total distance measures more than 26 miles.

The Trails Council Link, named after the local association of nature-loving locals that helped guide the effort, constitutes a roughly 800-foot stretch of pathway connecting Verdugo Boulevard and Descanso Drive. Hikers, bicyclists and equestrians can now cross the 210 Freeway heading south to access trails along the Cherry Canyon and east to Hahamongna Watershed Park. Finishing this particular stretch presented difficulties that added years to the overall project, said La Cañada City Councilman Greg Brown.

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“This is truly an exciting day for the city and for the many folks who helped make this happen after a 10-year journey to close the gap,” said Brown. “It’s like the last piece of a jigsaw puzzle or breaking the tape on a marathon.”

Saturday’s dedication joined residents, city and county staff members as well as local politicos, including Brown, Mayor Don Voss and Councilman Steve Del Guerico. State Sen. Carol Liu and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), whose offices helped negotiate the completion of the link and similar projects, came to the ceremony with official commendations to mark the occasion. Assemblyman and former La Cañada Mayor Anthony Portantino described how he became acquainted with the project when he first ran for the Council in 1999.

“To learn about this rich history and the Trails Council, which fought so hard for so long, and to see (the link) come to fruition like this has been tremendous,” Portantino said.

Brown led the dedication’s long thank-you list, describing completion of the Trails Council Link as “a mountain of work” that took years of meetings, studies and approvals from various agencies and residents. He recognized members of the LCF Trails Council, including past Presidents Mary Barrie and Randy Strapazon as well as current Council President Debbie Tinkham.

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