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Pasadena plans to build 2 new parks

Pasadena's densely packed Central District, considered “park poor” by city officials, may be getting two new parks.

The Pasadena City Council on Monday designated the projects as priorities, a necessary step to secure redevelopment funds to pay most of the estimated $24 million in construction costs.

One park is slated for the corner of Union Street and El Molino Avenue. The other, whose design features a plaza and amphitheatre but no green space, would be built on Madison Street between Colorado Boulevard and Green Street. Both sites are now city-owned surface parking lots. The projects would include the construction of parking garages under each of the parks.

A 2007 city report concluded that the Central District had a lack of green space because of a recent influx of urban housing into a historically commercial area, according to the Pasadena Sun.


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