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Pasadena Beautiful Day at Singer Park

Pasadena Beautiful Foundation members along with the City of Pasadena Parks & Natural Resources crew and Flintridge Preparatory School volunteers have gathered to restore plantings at Singer Park in past years.

Members of Pasadena Beautiful Foundation, along with City workers and Flintridge Preparatory School volunteers gathered to plant 60 new rosebushes in Singer Park—a special place for Pasadena families dating back over 80 years. In addition to the roses, planting areas were filled in with brightly colored gazanias and lantana.

Pasadena Beautiful Day, an annual event, reflects the organization’s ongoing collaboration with the City and local school volunteers as a demonstration of Pasadena Beautiful’s mission to maintain and enhance our city’s urban forest.

Roses planted at Singer Park in their glory.

Drought tolerant succulents planted around Singer Park sign.

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Santa Catalina Library Garden Project

Pasadena Beautiful Foundation applied for and was awarded a grant from the Pasadena Community Foundation to redo the Santa Catalina Library front gardens. PBF Board member, Sylvia Hale, served as project chair. Landscape Designer, Gavi Yariv submitted a design and, Tom Hunter from the City of Pasadena created a grading plan. On Saturday, October 24, between 8 a.m. and 12 noon volunteers, along with the City, removed all plants. In addition, the City prepared the soil and dug necessary holes in preparation for planting.

The planting of the garden took place on Saturday, November 14 from a.m. to 12 noon. The garden is now drought tolerant and water-wise. Cityworkers and community volunteers participated in the planting activity. Sylvia Hale noted that the project was a very productive collaboration between library representative Barbara Ayala, Pasadena Public Library, Pasadena City Public Works’ Parks and Natural Resources Division and crews, the Pasadena Community Foundation and PBF.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held immediately following the planting.

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Pasadena Senior Center New Landscaping

The Pasadena Community Foundation approved the full $10,000 grant request to re-landscape the Pasadena Senior Center west and front gardens.  Marco Barrantes of La Loma Development Company Inc. designed the plan.  Execution of the plan was completed in June of 2011 by the City of Pasadena with participation from PBF members.

Project chair Wendy Crowley acknowledged Bette Cooper, Sylvia Hale and the Pasadena City staff for the successful collaboration in securing and implementing the grant.

The grant monies allowed PBF to pay the City for the installation and placement of a new irrigation system.  Grant funds also paid for materials: drought-tolerant plants, two benches for bus riders and decomposed granite. Three trees will be purchased with monies from the Tree Fund.

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Sidney F. Tyler Park

In early spring of 2013, members of PBF planted hundreds of donated narcissus bulbs at Sidney F. Tyler park.  This is the landscaped median which is between Lakewood Place and Lake Avenue, just south of California Boulevard.  It was beautiful when they were in bloom.

Unfortunately, this year’s warm weather and lack of rain precipitated a very short blooming season.

We hope next year it will be spectacular.

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Benches Installed

Pasadena Beautiful Foundation has installed five benches in remembrance of it’s founding members at various sites in Pasadena.  Three of them provide much needed respite for waiting bus commuters. Two are at the Vina Vieja Park in the Off Leash Dog Park area and in front of the playground.  Each bench has a plaque with Pasadena Beautiful Foundation’s name and logo and the name of the person remembered.

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In remembrance of Alice Frost Kennedy at the Alice Off Leash Dog Park.
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Pooch Rests at Alice’s Bench
A PBF member’s dog pauses for a rest at Alice Frost Kennedy’s memorial bench at the Off Leash Dog park in Eaton Canyon.

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Bench installed at Vina Vieja Park in front of the playground in remembrance of Richard Nevins.
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Bench in remembrance of Ted Behr at 575 South Orange Grove Boulevard.
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In remembrance of Bob Cheesewright at 170 South Lake Avenue installed 2008.
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A bench installed on Del Mar Avenue and Hudson by the Pasadena Unified School District in remembrance of Alice Frost Kennedy.
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Each bench has a plaque with the Pasadena Beautiful name and logo and the name of the person remembered.