Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy donates $50,000 for La Cañada trail

Anthony J. Portantino

The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy on Monday approved a $50,000 grant for the repair and improvement of La Cañada Flintridge’s eroding Flint Wash Trail.

La Cañada City Councilman Donald Voss, who is a member of the conservancy’s Advisory Committee, said he and Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) spoke in favor of the grant at the agency's Oct. 29 meeting.

In a statement, Portantino said that it was crucial that the trail be maintained to provide a link for hikers, bikers and equestrians between La Cañada and Hahamongna Park in Pasadena.

“When I heard that this trail was again facing problems I wanted to make sure the funds were there to fix and maintain it,” said Portantino.  “It’s a trail my daughters Sofia and Bella like to use and it lets our family and other families cross Pasadena and La Cañada enjoy hiking in a fun and safe way.”

The grant will be combined with $40,000 in funds from L.A. County's Measure A and $60,000 from the city of La Cañada for a total of $150,000 to be used to restore the trail.

At Monday's meeting, Liz Blackwelder, a longtime trails advocate from La Cañada, addressed the conservancy to thank it for recently approving a $20,000 grant for the city’s Ultimate Destination Point project, according to Voss. Blackwelder, who donated more than $30,000 for the Ultimate Destination, received an honor from the conservancy, presented by Deputy Executive Rorie Skei.

-- Daniel Siegal, Times Community News

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