Robinson Park Recreation Center Renovation

In 2002, after extensive community input and City Commission review, the City Council adopted the Robinson Park Master Plan. Phase I of the implementation involved a 2 1/2 acre expansion of the existing park and improvement of the site with new soccer and baseball fields, installation of synthetic turf, construction of new restroom and storage facilities, new sports field lighting, site amenities and parking lot.  The City is now moving forward with the design and construction of Phase II, which will include a substantial rehabilitation of the existing approximately 19,000 sq. ft. recreation center.

Commensurate with this public process, the City completed submittal of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Section 108 Loan Application.  This CDBG funding is to be used for rehabilitation of the Robinson Park Community Center.

In February of 2015, the City Council approved the preliminary design (see Project Floor Plan and City Council Actions below) and authorized the Department of Public Works to proceed with the proposed project.


Design: The project architectural design team has completed the “Construction Documents” phase of the project and is moving forward with the “Plan Review” phase of the project.
These include fully developing the construction plans and specifications for future bidding of the building construction.

Design Review Hearing: The final design review hearing with the Design Commission was held June 14th and the project design was approved. The Design Review Notice of Decision can be viewed at the Documents and Links Section below.

Conditional Use Permit Hearing: The Conditional Use Permit public hearing was held November 4, 2015. The purpose of the hearing was to determine whether the project is in conformance with the City’s Zoning Code. The permit application was approved (see CUP Letter of Approval document below).

Community Outreach: The architectural design team conducted six community meetings, seven drop-in meetings and thirteen Steering Committee meetings during February, 2013 and August, 2015 to gather community input and ideas regarding the renovation. Public input can also be received by the Robinson Park Recreation Center Renovation Steering Committee.

Construction Documents: Construction Documents were completed and submitted to the Building Department for review and comment the second week of in February, 2016. The plan review process ensures the construction documents are in conformance with the California Building Code.

Construction: The Robinson Park Renovation Construction Pre-bid meeting and Meet and Greet with Local Pasadena Businesses were held October 20th at the Recreation Center.  Over 55 contractors were in attendance.  The City also conducted the following outreach to Pasadena Businesses regarding the Robinson Park project:

  1. Notice mailed and Emailed to Pasadena Businesses inviting them to the Meet and Greet.
  2. Set up a Plan Viewing room for local contractors at Robinson Park.
  3. Conducted a Meet and Greet between General Contractors and local Pasadena Subcontractors, Material Suppliers and Businesses.
  4. Reached out to local Small Business Development Center to provide technical assistance to Pasadena Businesses.
  5. Ongoing assistance to General Contractors bidding on the Robinson Park project in securing pricing/bids from Local Pasadena Business.


Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Section 108 Loan: $6,000,000

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG): $1,312,193 General Fund: $1,000,000

Department of Housing and Community Development, Housing Related Parks Program Grant: $449,050

City of Pasadena Capital Improvement Program (CIP): $2,638,757

Detailed informational regarding funding and funding sources: CIP Funding Sources Robinson Park Recreation Center Renovation

Robinson Park Recreation Center Renovation Project Steering Committee

Comittee Mission Statement

The purpose of the Robinson Park Recreation Center Steering Committee is to serve as a focal point for community outreach, input and direction into the redesign and reconstruction of the Robinson Park Recreation Center.

Meeting Information

Project Schedule: Robinson Park Recreation Center Renovation Schedule
Time: 6:00 pm
Jackie Robinson Community Center
1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.

Contact Information

For further information on the Robinson Park Center Renovation Project, please contact

More Information

Visit the Robinson Park Messenger, an online community resource for up-to-date information on the Robinson Park Recreation Center renovation.  View videos, pictures, event information, share your feedback and more at