Architects Vince Pepito, second from left, and Javan Nabili, right, share a moment with a community member, Gerald Grimes, left, who makes a comment.
A new model design, which was a culmination of three prior community engagement meetings, was presented during the July 26th Robinson Park Recreation Center community engagement meeting. Architects Vince Petito and Javan Nabili of gkkworks showcased a two-dimensional model of the center including green space surrounding the building. Members of the Northwest community were able to walk around the model and get an up close view of the features the architects presented. Representatives from the City of Pasadena were also there to show support and answer any questions residents had.
The Robinson Park Recreation Center is the second phase of The City of Pasadena's renovation of the park. The first phase of the renovation focused on the field. The old field was replaced with brand new turf, stadium lights, and seating areas for football, soccer, and baseball games and the basketball courts were also renovated. Once the outside of the park was done, attention switched to renovating the 19,000 square feet Recreation Center that will also be expanded by 10,000 square feet.
The team working on the project, along with gkkworks, are Ron Carter from The Carter Agency, and Sadara Shakoor. Gkkworks is working on the design and construction of the building while Carter in conjunction with Shakoor are spearheading the community engagement and marketing. "It is very important that the community is involved, if they are engaged in the project from the beginning, they have a say on what it (center) should look like," said Carter, managing director of The Carter Agency.
The Community Engagement Team has created Robinson Park Messenger, an online outlet where community members can go to gather information about the renovation project. The Robinson Park Messenger also includes a Street Team made up of local youth from the City of Pasadena's Ambassador Program, the City of Pasadena's Rose Program, and John Muir's Mentoring and Partnership for Youth Development. Once a month, the Street Team walks the northwest community knocking on doors and informing the residents about the project's development.
Robinson Park Messenger and the Street Team are not the only ways for the community to get information and voice their opinions. A monthly community meeting, like the July 26th meeting, held in the multi-purpose room at the Robinson Park Recreation Center gives the residents a chance to talk personally with the designers.
According to Carter, this is a significant project for the City of Pasadena. "I think this building will be a beacon light for the Northwest community when it is completed. With the City of Pasadena and community involvement, I think the community will get a building they deserve." After presenting the model during the meeting, architect Petito said, "It was an energetic turnout. I am excited to get everybody's feedback. Going forward, we are going to be developing the plan further and present the findings."
Future community meetings will be held Saturday, August 23rd and Saturday, September 27th from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Robinson Park Recreation Center Multi-Purpose Room.
Completion of the Robinson Park Recreation Center is scheduled for the year 2017.
More information about the renovation project can be found at www.robinsonparkmessenger.com.