Saturday, Jan. 23
A community celebration Saturday, January 23 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. will mark the grand re-opening of Robinson Park, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Aveue in Pasadena.
Newly completed expansion and renovation projects include the first regulation-size football field in any Pasadena park (with synthetic turf and a soccer overlay), enlarged and reconfigured baseball diamonds, new restrooms, a concession stand, field lighting, electronic scoreboards, bleachers and a storage building.
The celebration will include tours from 9 to 10 a.m., a ceremony at 10:30 a.m., an exhibition softball game at 11:15 a.m. with city staff playing against community leaders, and youth ball games beginning at noon including West Pasadena Little League, Ponies Football and Villa-Parke Soccer. Commanders from the Pasadena Police Department will grill hot dogs.
Delano Robinson, widow of Mack Robinson and sister-in-law of the late Jackie Robinson, will throw out the first pitch for the exhibition softball game.
The 10:30 a.m. ceremony will include the National Anthem performed by the John Muir High School Marching Band, a ribbon-cutting and plaque-unveiling. The field expansion and related improvements are the culmination of the first phase of the Robinson Park Master Plan, which encompasses the original seven-acre park and the additional 2.5-acre parcel made available when the former Highland Plastics Building was demolished. The master plan was approved by the Pasadena City Council in 2002.
Phase two will include a larger revitalization effort including demolishing the existing recreation and gymnasium buildings and construction of a new recreation center that will be the centerpiece of the park. The estimated total cost to construct all of the improvements proposed in the Robinson Park Master Plan is $21.7 million.
Robinson Park was named in honor of the entire Robinson family, including Jackie, Mack, their three other siblings and their mother Mallie.
For more information call (626) 744-4321.