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Grand Opening of Playhouse Village Park Rescheduled

Published on Thursday, September 8, 2022 | 2:14 pm

The grand opening of Playhouse Village Park in Pasadena has been postponed from Saturday to Sept. 17 due to inclement weather anticipated for this weekend.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is set to take place at 9 a.m. followed by a community celebration from 10 a.m. to noon.

Legendary Pasadena rock group Van Halen will be honored at the event when the City of Pasadena dedicates the Van Halen Stage in the group’s honor.

The new 1.04 acre park is at 701 E. Union St. between El Molino Avenue and Oak Knoll Avenue, and includes a children’s play area, a dog run, a trellised structure over the sitting/stage area, lighted pathways, restroom and storage building, and a 48-space parking lot. 

Following a city-wide survey in 2021, the City Council voted to name the park’s stage for the band that took its name from Eddie and brother Alex Van Halen, who formed the Pasadena-based band in 1972. 

The band went on to become one of the most successful bands in music history.  Eddie influenced generations of rock guitarists all over the world. He died after a battle with cancer in October of 2020.

The July 2021 survey asked residents to propose names for the new park, and after two rounds, the responses pointed to two most prominent names: Eddie Van Halen and African-American science fiction author Octavia E. Butler, multiple recipient of the Hugo and Nebula literature awards.

Eddie Van Halen Park received over 3,400 favorable responses in the survey, Octavia E. Butler Park got 526 favorable responses, and Playhouse Village Park and similar variations, including Playhouse Park, got 135, according to a tally reported jointly by the Planning and Community Development Department and the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department.

The City Council eventually voted to name the park Playhouse Village Park at the urging of the late Councilmember John J. Kennedy, who declared it more appropriate.

The Van Halen family then requested that the stage area be named for the entire Van Halen band instead of exclusively for Eddie Van Halen. The Commission then amended its recommendation on the naming of the stage to the Van Halen Stage.


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