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City Commission Eyes New Skate Park, Water Park for La Pintoresca

Published on Monday, August 10, 2020 | 8:54 am

Pasadena’s Recreation and Parks Commission is expected to support a conceptual plan prepared by the Department of Public Works for the La Pintoresca Park Improvements project, which includes renovations at the park’s skate park and basketball court. 

The park improvement project will be discussed during a special meeting online of the Recreation and Parks Commission at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. 

According to a staff report, a splash pad was installed in 2005, and the skateboard park and basketball court were renovated in 2008. These facilities and numerous other park elements have all reached the end of their useful life and need to be renovated or improved. The project also includes a plan to improve drainage near where the La Pintoresca Park library building stands. 

“Over their service life, these facilities were greatly utilized and eventually worn to the point where renovation and/or replacement is necessary,” according to a city staff report. “This project provides for renovations to numerous park elements as well as site drainage improvements at La Pintoresca Park.”

The City entered into an agreement with David Evans and Associates, Inc. in August 2019 for professional planning and design services for the La Pintoresca Park Renovation project. 

In December,  Public Works hosted a community meeting at La Pintoresca Library, and provided the community an overview of the project’s  purpose. The Department also presented preliminary concept plans, explained the planning and design process, and solicited feedback on a preliminary concept plan. 

Based on feedback from the meeting and additional consultations and study, the department and the consultant completed a design concept for the park renovation project in June. 

The final design includes installation of a new splash pad with new water-capturing system, a renovated skate park with new elements, resurfacing of the basketball court and adding new LED light fixtures and poles at the skateboard park and basketball court, new fencing along the south and east side of skate park/basketball court, a new wall at skate park and along the east portion of basketball court, a new shade structure over the existing playground, remodeling of the interior of the existing bathrooms, and grading of the grass area to improve site drainage. 

Public Works staff have also completed the site topographic survey and geotechnical studies during the development of the design concept, the Department said in a report. 

According to the report, the City anticipates to complete the construction plans and specifications for the project in the fall, and the project bid process and contract awarding may be concluded by December. 

Construction of the park renovations is estimated to be complete by summer 2021. 

The report said the project concept design is estimated to cost $1.4 million to implement, and that funding is already budgeted and available.

To access the Recreation and Parks Commission’s special meeting, go to or call (669) 900-6833 and use the webinar ID 838 8091 2595. 

Public comments of any length may be submitted in advance via email to, and on the day of the meeting through before the meeting begins.

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