An Altadena-based land trust remains $40,000 short of the sum needed to purchase a 7.75-acre property in La Crescenta that has been dubbed the Rosemont Preserve.
The Arroyos and Foothills Conservancy, which wants to safeguard the land as open space for educational and recreational use, set a total project goal of $450,000 and started raising funds last year. In December, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich pledged $350,000.
Still, donations from local residents have failed to meet expectations, despite decreasing the goal and extending the deadline, organizers say.
Conservancy officials have lowered the community fundraising goal to $75,000 from $100,000 and extended the deadline to May 31. But the amount raised remains $40,000 short of what’s needed, said Executive Director John Howell.
Three community members have agreed to collectively contribute $20,000 if residents can generate the other $20,000, he added.
“It is going to be a community resource,” Howell said. “It is really urgent that the community recognize the importance of reaching this goal and make their commitment known now.”