There are many great parks here in Pasadena that are wonderful for taking in our usually beautiful Southern California weather!
Day 279 of 365 Things To Do in Pasadena highlights Jackie Robinson Center and Park.
Yes, you are thinking correctly, this park is named after THE Jackie Robinson, the famed Dodger who broke the color barrier in 1947 and was the first African-American baseball player to play in the Major Leagues.
But did you know that he grew up right here in Pasadena, California?
Jackie was born on January 31, 1919 in Cairo, Georgia. Soon after, his mother and Jackie’s four older siblings moved to Pasadena.
He attended John Muir High School where he played basketball, baseball, football, tennis and participated in track. He also attended Pasadena City College where he continued to play football, baseball, basketball, and competed in track events.
He then attended UCLA and became the first student to letter in all four Varsity Teams: baseball, basketball, football and track.
The rest is baseball history! 😉
After his baseball career, Jackie worked in various areas such as civil rights, politics, and business.
He is forever honored in the world of baseball for his outstanding achievements and his legacy will continue on for years to follow.
These bronze memorial sculptures are located near Pasadena City Hall. Photo by: Cheri A.G.
Honored along with Jackie is his older brother Mack Robinson, who earned the silver medal in the 200-meter race in the 1936 Olympics.
The Jackie Robinson Center and Park provides those living in North East Pasadena with great community services and opportunities.
It is also the headquarters for planning the annual Black History Parade and Festival.
This years 30th annual Black History Parade and Festival will take place Saturday, February 18th starting at 10 am.
The Parade route begins at Charles White Park in Altadena and will end at the Jackie Robinson Center and Park in Pasadena.
On Saturday, February 18th from 12 – 4 pm the center will host a free family festival. There will be live entertainment, food, information booths and much much more!
To learn more about the services offered and upcoming events at the park please call 626.744.7300.
Jackie Robinson Center and Park
1020 N. Fair Oaks Avenue