Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Brookside Park in Pasadena, California

Brookside Park in Pasadena, California
Brookside Park is a neighborhood in Pasadena, California. The official park address is 360 North Arroyo Boulevard, just south of the world famous Rose Bowl Stadium. At 61.1 acres, Brookside Park is Pasadena's largest fully maintained park facility. Generous (and free) parking is available off Arroyo Boulevard.

The north section of the park contains one lighted regulation baseball diamond with seating for 4,200 and restrooms. The central section includes two lighted softball diamonds each with 240 seating capacity; a large, lighted multi-purpose field for flag football and soccer; a speaker's platform with permanent seating; numerous picnic tables; play area; restrooms; and drinking fountains. Barbecue pits are available in most picnic areas.

Brookside Park is open daily from 6am to 10pm.

Brookside Park Attractions

Jackie Robinson Field
The Jackie Robinson Field--a lighted regulation baseball diamond with seating for 4,200--is adjacent to the Rose Bowl, where the UCLA Bruins play home football games.

Brookside Park
Home of the Rose Bowl Stadium and the Gamble House
Brookside Park is Pasadena’s second largest neighborhood by area, as well as its second most sparsely populated neighborhood. The northern end of Brookside Park is also called Arroyo Terrace.

The area is bordered by Oak Grove Drive to the north, the Arroyo Seco Canyon wall to the south, Linda Vista Avenue to the West, and Forest and Rosemont Avenues to the East. The Arroyo Seco runs the length of Brookside Park.

The Rose Bowl is located at the center of Brookside Park. The actual park is located at the southern end of the neighborhood, while the 36-hole Brookside Golf Course defines the northern end. The Gamble House, now a museum, is located at 4 Westmoreland Place at the southern end of Brookside Park.

Brookside Park Amenities
Pasadena's Largest Fully Maintained Park Facility (61.1 Acres)
  • Rose Bowl Aquatics Center
  • 5 Tennis Courts
  • 3 Baseball Diamonds
  • 2 Soccer Overlays
  • Football Overlay
  • Bleacher Seating
  • Fitness Trail
  • Playground Equipment
  • Restroom Facilities
  • Lawn Area
  • Dog Area

The Rose Bowl Stadium
This National Historic Landmark was built in 1922 and is known mainly for the New Year's Tournament of Roses Football Game. The Rose Bowl is also home to UCLA Bruin Football and the world's largest flea market, held the second Sunday of each month.

Rose Bowl Aquatics Center
U.S. Olympic Dive Team Exposition July 27, 2008
I spent many hours watching the Olympic team practice dives while my stepson was taking swimming lessons at the Aquatic Center. In this video, all twelve United States Olympic Dive Team members perform at a special send-off dinner, prior to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

The Gamble House
The Gamble House is a National Historic Landmark and museum. It was designed by brothers Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene as a home for David B. Gamble of the Procter & Gamble company.

Colorado Street Bridge
Built in 1913, the bridge spans 1,486 feet and is notable for its distinctive Beaux Arts arches, light standards, and railings. The bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers.