Pasadena’s Memorial Park is has all kinds of interesting treasures hidden around it. The park is basically in Old Town, and the Gold Line stops right next to it. If you haven’t explored Memorial Park, here are 5 things to see you may not know were there:
1. Civil War Memorial (1906)
2. Vietnam Veterans Memorial (2004)
Originally dedicated in 1993 at City Hall, it was rededicated in the park nine years later. Inscribed on the granite are the names of the 31 Pasadena men killed during the Vietnam war.
3. Miniature Pasadena Train Station Playground
I don’t know when this playground was built or the story behind it, but stumbling upon it inspired me to write this entry.
Bult in 1935, Pasadena’s actual Santa Fe depot was shuttered in the early 90’s. It was moved, integrated into the Del Mar Station development, restored, and now houses La Grande Orange Café. Lots more on the station here. (Photo via cruiselinehistory.com)
4. Memorial Library Arch (1955)
Pasadena’s public library was erected on this spot in 1890. The building was damaged in the Long Beach earthquake of 1933 and was demolished in 1954. The archway was restored in 1955 but was subsequently damaged during the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. It’s been fenced off ever since, and is an unfortunate exhibit of of crumbling bricks and pigeon guano. Here’s the accompanying plaque:
5. A show at Levitt Pavilion (1930’s)
New York philanthropist Mortimer Levitt made his fortune selling custom made shirts at his nationwide chain of stores. The Levitt Foundation he created in 1966 has restored and endowed several open air bandshells around the country through public-private partnerships to bring free live music to the community during the summer. Since 2002, the Levitt Pavilion Pasadena has featured music and children’s shows five nights a week from June through August.
Soul Funk’s Motown Revue on August 12, 2010.