Construction begins on downtown Pasadena Park on August 21
You could almost hear a collective exhalation of breath on Zoom on the evening of May 24e, when longtime advocates of parks and open spaces in downtown Pasadena tuned in to watch Pasadena City Council vote to fund the creation of the city’s first urban park for the Playhouse Village (formerly Playhouse District).
By Deborah Dentler
Park supporters, including some who had worked more than a decade to put the issue to a vote, had their hopes put on hold when last week’s council meeting was abruptly called off.
The atmosphere became festive on May 24e when city council voted unanimously to allocate approximately $ 4 million to create the long-awaited park. City Council approved an offer from Act 1 Construction, Inc. to install the new park. The company agreed to pay the prevailing wages to workers for 5 new jobs for local residents. City Councilor Tyron Hampton urged city staff to make efforts to persuade the company to consider hiring Pasadena-based contractors.
Construction is expected to begin in August 2021. The new park, which has yet to be named, at the intersection of El Molino and Union Avenues, is intended to provide much-needed recreational and green spaces for neighborhood residents. the densest in the city. apartment buildings and family condos.
The project was designed by MIG Consultants Inc. after two years of meeting with residents and business interests, including the Playhouse Village Association, the Pasadena Downtown District Association (DPNA)and associations of owners of condominiums adjacent to the park. Selected design features:
- a central lawn for recreation and community gatherings (many residents expressed a strong desire for a farmer’s market),
- bicycle and car parking (including EV chargers),
- a playground for children, two enclosures for dogs without a lead,
- and new paths, sidewalks and shade trees.
The park, which was planned in conjunction with the “Complete Streets” project and the Union Street bike path, is expected to open in the spring of 2022.
Deborah Dentler is a Pasadena lawyer specializing in foster care matters.