Robinson Park in Pasadena, named for the family that included sports legends Jackie Robinson and Mack Robinson, is undergoing renovation and could have its name changed to Jackie Robinson Park.
The Pasadena Recreation and Parks Commission is seeking public input on the proposed name change at its meeting Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the park’s center, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
The change was recommended by the Northwest Commission and the Fair Oaks Avenue Project Area Committee. The Pasadena City Council may vote on the proposal as early as mid-October. Renovation of the 9¼-acre park is scheduled for completion in December and will include two baseball fields, a football field with soccer overlay, bleachers, two batting cages and bullpen areas, picnic tables, and storage for sports equipment and maintenance. Plans also include a parking lot, restrooms, concession buildings and energy-efficient lighting for the sports fields.
A new synthetic turf field will provide a state-of-the-art, year-round playing surface while conserving water and reducing maintenance costs.
In 2002 Pasadena City Council approved an updated Robinson Park Master Plan to improve the layout and security. Expansion of the park was made possible when the former Highland Plastics Company warehouse was demolished.