The Arroyo Link

A safe, multi-Use path for walking, biking, running, & scooting

The Arroyo Seco is the “jewel in the Crown City’s park system,” yet it’s difficult to access without a car.

The building of the 134, 210, and 710 freeways carved up and partially erased the path — and along with it, mini-parks and historical sites — that Pasadenans once traversed to get to the Arroyo.

The Arroyo Link proposes to uncover and rejuvenate that 1.5-mile path so that we can fully access and enjoy the nature and recreation offered in the Arroyo and beyond, along the regional L.A. River corridor to downtown L.A and Long Beach.

We’re in a time of re-examining our community roots, history, and values as they’ve evolved over the past 140+ years. The Link follows a route of culturally and historically significant sites like Carmelita Gardens, where a nexus of artists and thinkers inspired the young John Muir’s early ideas about nature conservation. As it crosses the 710 Freeway stub, the Link will offer an opportunity to mark the communities displaced by freeways in the name of progress.

The Arroyo Link project is small, but it has it all!

It’s the missing link in our mobility between city and nature, and between our backyard and our region; it looks back our rich history of ideas and ideals while laying a path toward a vision of a healthy, sustainable future.

Funding

The Arroyo Link is estimated to cost $9.5 million to design and build. The City has previously sought $2 million for the Link design only — requiring applications for further funding sources for building, resulting in years of delay and elevated building costs, which throw uncertainty into our whole investment in the project. However, if we secure the full $9.5 million now, then we can just get it done.

The cancellation of the Gold Line Grade Separation Project has freed $230 million for transportation projects like this that promote circulation in Pasadena.

The Time Is Now

A number of conservation and recreation projects are under way to revitalize the Arroyo, but without the Link, our access to it — and ability to enjoy those investments and improvements — will remain limited and difficult.

The Link will complement the Union Street Protected Bike Lane, which will be finished in a couple years.

Furthermore, the Link will meet a key requirement for the 2028 Olympics of multimodally moving people safely to and from the Rose Bowl for the anticipated soccer matches.

The need is here; an elegant solution is here; the money is available. The time is now.

This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the City to realize a safe, comfortable, multi-use path connecting downtown Pasadena to the Arroyo Seco.

Join us in urging the City to request at least $9.5 million to design and build this project before the Summer Olympics arrive in Pasadena in 2028.