Pasadena has 25 parks and great natural open spaces.
By Wafic Khalil
Here is the list of twelve of the coolest parks in Pasadena and surrounding areas.
1- Hahamongna Park
This park is a treat to the eyes and the soul, with great magnificent views of the San Gabriel Mountains.
• Oak Grove Drive & Foothill Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91109
2- AAF Rose Bowl Aquatics Center
• 360 North Arroyo Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91103
3- Brookside Park
This park has the distinction of hosting the sultry and beautiful Marilyn Monroe. She did a photo shoot at this very same park with the Chicago White Sox.
• 360 N. Arroyo Ave. Pasadena, CA 91103
4- Eaton Canyon Park & Nature Center
This gem has hiking trails, equestrian trails with a staging area, picnic areas, seasonal stream, rocks and minerals, various natural habitats, native plants, and wildlife. What more can you ask for?
• 1750 N Altadena Dr. Pasadena, CA 91107
5- Michillinda Park
The perfect weekend getaway park in Pasadena! It’s suitable for picnics and afternoon walks, and has a Garden gazebo.
• 3800 Michillinda Dr. Pasadena, CA 91107
6- Memorial ParkWe can’t have a list of 12 cool parks in Pasadena without mentioning Memorial Park! It boasts an amphitheater, various memorials; and the arch of Pasadena’s first free public library. During the summer, it is usually the host of free summer concerts such as the Levitt Pavilion’s concerts.
• 85 E. Holly St. Pasadena, CA 91103
7- Eaton Blanche Park
• 3100 E. Del Mar Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91107
8- Arroyo Seco
With many easy and challenging trails, it’s easy to miss few. This place has some little known trails to many hikers in the area. Spend a whole afternoon (if not a day) and you’ll get exposed to a rich variety of experiences.
• Spans 8 miles through Pasadena’s western portion
9- Farnsworth Park
Technically this park is in Altadena, but who’s counting? Make sure to check the beautiful two-story stone community building, plus the outdoor amphitheater.
• 568 Mt Curve Ave., Altadena, CA
• (626) 798-6335
10- Arlington Garden
This is Pasadena’s only dedicated public garden! No place like it exists anywhere else in the San Gabriel Valley! It’s a little known landmark that has to be visited to be appreciated.
• 295 Arlington Dr. Pasadena, CA 91105
11- Vina Vieja Park
This park is for people and pets. It includes the “Alice’s Dog Park” which closes at sundown. A favorite for dog lovers with an “amazing view of the mountains.
• 3026 E Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107
• (626) 744-7500
12- Washington Park
This park used to have a reputation. Since then, it has gotten an updated plan that enhanced its historic look and feel. It boasts tennis courts, grassy knolls, places to picnic and a playground for children. A good green space for a respite during the day.
• 700 E Washington Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91104
• (626) 744-4000
Do you have a favorite park that we missed? Tell us about it.
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