Has Walnut lost its charm?
Greetings fellow citizens of Walnut,
Growing up in Walnut, I always felt a sense of peace and
calmness regarding the natural environment of our area. The area of Walnut is
unique due to the fact that we have close proximity to downtown Los Angeles,
yet we still have the amenities that are found in rural cities. Recently,
however, Walnut has undergone a change that has not only disturbed the local
environment, but also the image that Walnut has been created upon.
The purpose of this post is twofold. First, I would like to bring about the changes that will/have greatly impacted the community of Walnut. Secondly, I would like to ask the members of our beautiful community if you believe that there are any plans that we can conjure together as to revive the natural beauty of Walnut.
Currently, there is a major problem that the city of Walnut
faces. If you did not know, the southern portion of the Brookside Equestrian
Center has been sold, and in turn, will soon become a housing development. However,
the Brookside Equestrian center is a California Historical Landmark. I am not
too sure under what grounds this property was sold…? Also, since many of the
citizens of Walnut have not visited this beautiful property, they do not know
that the remaining portion of Lemon Creek runs through this parcel of Land. In
addition, there are many native trees and plants that serve as houses for many
different animals. The construction of this land will lead to the loss of biodiversity
and aesthetical beauty of Walnut
In 2007, a group of concerned Walnut citizens formed a
grouped known as the Lemon Creek Conservancy. Their main objective was to stop
the creation of Meadowpass road, which had initially stopped at Pierre Rd.
Unfortunately, once again, the city did not believe that the environment of
Walnut was valuable, and thus created the road in 2010/11. I am not too sure
where this group has gone since the construction of the road, but it would be
amazing if we can get a group of Walnut Citizens to come together in solidarity
for the preservation of this area. This is one of the last remaining riparian ecosystems
in the county.
Concerned Walnut Resident