Claraboya & The Wilderness Park
I believe this neighborhood encompasses some of Claremont’s most important natural and historical resources. Its story is one of conservation, respect for nature, and cultural diversity. Claraboya and Johnson’s Pasture were annexed from Los Angeles County into Claremont in the mid-1960s, doubling the city’s footprint. Through dogged advocacy from residents and groups like the Claremont Wildlands Conservancy, this neighborhood’s wild hillsides have been preserved for all to enjoy. The Claremont Wilderness Park, with over 1,440 acres, first opened as a park in 1996. In 2008 residents voted to purchase Johnson’s Pasture, adding 180 more acres of pristine wilderness and hiking trails. It now stands as a testament to Claremont’s respect for wildlands preservation I’m committed to continuing to protect these resources.
This neighborhood also contains the historic Padua Hills Theater. Today it is home to a variety of community events such as the Claremont Heritage and Sustainable Claremont’s annual galas.
But its greatest legacy is serving as the venue for the Mexican Players theater group from 1931 to 1974. This Mexican-American troupe performed traditional dances, songs, and plays to dinner theater crowds. Its legacy is one attempting to bridge cultural and linguistic divides through performance and folk art, and a hopeful example from Claremont’s segregated past.