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Groundbreaking of New Playhouse District Park Thursday Heralds Start of Construction

Published on Thursday, July 29, 2021 | 11:09 am

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Thursday morning just days before construction is slated to begin on a new park in the city’s Playhouse District.

The park will be located on the north side of Union Street between El Molino and Oak Knoll Avenues.

“This part of the central district in Pasadena has developed as a compelling center of residential living.  This community has been deprived of open space and it’s exciting to see a wonderful neighborhood park finally get located in this area,” District 7 Councilmember Andy Wilson, who represents the area, said before the event. “The groundbreaking is wonderful but more important will be the ribbon-cutting.”

Currently the park does not have an official name. City staff is developing a community outreach effort adhering to the City’s established park-naming procedures.

Community members will be able to submit suggestions based on set criteria through the City’s website.

During construction, the parking lot located at the corner of Union Street and El Molino Avenue will be closed.

Construction work will be performed on weekdays starting at 7 a.m.

According to a statement released on Thursday, there are plans in place to minimize impacts to the neighbors regarding dust, noise, and construction vehicle traffic.

The 0.67 acre park and parking lot will include a 48-space parking lot, a two-stall restroom (gender neutral) and storage building, a trellis structure for community gathering, a children’s play area with rubberized play surface and shade sail structure, an El Molino entry plaza, Oak Knoll entry plaza, separated off-leash dog runs for small and large dogs

The project website will be updated throughout construction:

If you have any questions regarding the project, please contact the project’s manager, Danny Welch at

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