Boosting the city’s parks and recreational space should be a priority for La Cañada Flintridge, the Planning Commission concluded this week while working its way through the general plan update.
According to city planner Fred Buss and the draft general plan documents, the parks plan would call for a reevaluation of facilities it operates under a joint-use agreement with La Cañada Unified. For example, soccer fields could possibly be constructed on the Southern California Edison easement, or on similar non-developed public space in the city, Buss said.
The city has reached a goal set out in the 1980 general plan to provide the community with 10 acres of public space for every 1,000 residents, boasting 345 acres currently available for approximately 21,000 residents. However, that number includes large, non-developed open spaces, including Cherry Canyon in the Flintridge hills and Beckley Canyon in the upper Alta Canyada area. The developed parks and joint-use recreational facilities total just 26.1 acres.