Date(s) - 04/25/2015
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Pasadena City Hall
Everyone is invited to a free celebration honoring Mayor Bill Bogaard for his 16 years of dedicated service as Pasadena’s top elected official.
The casual community event features family fun with hands-on, interactive activities for all ages that reflect the programs and services Mayor Bogaard has supported during his tenure as Pasadena’s first directly elected Mayor. The public will have the opportunity to offer their best wishes to Mayor Bogaard and his wife, Claire, during the event. Please, no gifts.
Attendees can enjoy activities provided by the Armory Center for the Arts; a children’s obstacle course; numerous special displays by various City departments; live music by the Marshall Fundamental High School Jazz Band and food trucks with tasty items for purchase.
Prior to the celebration, the public is encouraged to share their personal “Moments With Bill” via letters, notes and pictures that can be dropped off at any Pasadena Public Library; online (click here) or on a special Facebook page created for this occasion. All of the “Moments With Bill” reflections will be included in a special memory book to be presented to Mayor Bogaard. Attendees also will have the chance to write in the special memory book during the celebration if they are not able to submit comments prior to the event. Comments and materials dropped off at libraries must be submitted by 5 p.m., Friday, April 24.
Other activities at the April 25 event include special displays of equipment from the Pasadena Police and Fire departments; an interactive exhibit about the Americans With Disabilities Act 25th anniversary; a “Moments with Bill” photo exhibit covering his 16 years in office; water-conservation displays and a few surprises to be unveiled the day of the event!
A short program will include a poignant presentation of seven trees to Mayor Bogaard representing each City Council District. The trees, sponsored by donations, will be planted at Brookside, Jefferson, Robinson, Gwinn, Villa, Singer and Sidney F. Tyler parks in Mayor Bogaard’s honor.
Paid parking is available at Paseo Colorado, Holly Street and Ramona Street or on-street metered parking. City Hall is two blocks away from Metro’s Gold Line Memorial Park Station.
Mayor Bogaard retires as the City’s top elected official on May 4, 2015, when the new mayor is officially sworn in. He became Pasadena’s first citywide-elected Mayor in 1999, having served four consecutive, four-year terms. He is also chair of the Pasadena Bioscience Collaborative, a technology enterprise incubator, and the City’s Emergency Services Council. He is a member of the Gold Line Foothill Construction Authority and serves on the boards for the Pasadena Educational Foundation and Pasadena YMCA. In 1997, the City of Pasadena granted him its highest civic recognition, the Arthur Noble Award.