New Park In VAN HALEN's Former Hometown Could Be Named After Legendary Guitarist

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September 18, 2021 at 3:37 pm Quote #64666


New Park In EDDIE VAN HALEN’s Former Hometown Could Be Named After Legendary Guitarist
September 17, 2021

Eddie Van Halen Park and Edward Van Halen Memorial Park are among the names being considered for a new park which will soon be under construction in the legendary VAN HALEN guitarist’s former hometown of Pasadena, California.

The park, located at 701 East Union Street (between El Molino Avenue and Oak Knoll Avenue), will have open space for informal recreation, relaxation, and community gatherings; children’s playground with shade structures; public restrooms; a 48-space parking plaza; and a dog run.

Now through Friday, September 24 at 4:00 p.m., Pasadena city officials are asking the community to review the all names that are being considered and vote for their preferred choice.

Votes will be tallied and presented to the Recreation and Parks Commission for discussion and, subsequently, a recommendation of the park’s official name will be presented to City Council for its consideration.

Park naming criteria: Pasadena will adopt a name for the new park that meets at least one of the criteria established in the City’s Public Park and Recreation Facility Naming Policy. The criteria are as follows:

* Geographical location of the park of facility;
* Natural or geological features proximate to the park or facility;
* Cultural or historical significance to the City or surrounding neighborhood;
* Name of an individual who has made a significant contribution to the community, country, state, or field of parks and recreation.


The park in Pasadena’s Playhouse District is pictured below in a rendering provided by city officials.

September 18, 2021 at 3:41 pm Quote #64668


Personally, I can’t bring myself to vote for this. What did Eddie and parks have in common? Other than a sign, what would let anyone know what the park is about, and what Edward was about? The mural at Guitar Center in Hollywood is far more fitting (IMO) as a memorial than a park.

I guess I’m holding out hope for something better from the folks in Pasadena. Feel free to convince me otherwise.

September 18, 2021 at 10:01 pm Quote #64669


I would rather see a Bronze Statue and a Street named after Ed….

EDDIE’S fingers aren’t fingers they are muscle-powered pistons that hammer guitar strings to the fretboard with the force of a rivet gun”.

February 6, 2022 at 5:01 pm Quote #65164


Back in December, it was voted to recommend naming the park, “Octavia Butler Park” and a trellis structure be named the “Eddie Van Halen Stage”.

After speaking with the Van Halen family, they would like the structure to be named “Van Halen Stage” after the whole band, not just Eddie.

This will be discussed at the meeting this Tuesday. See memo above.

April 6, 2022 at 9:53 am Quote #65301


On Monday, the city council decided to approve Van Halen for the stage name but then decided to name the overall park the Playhouse Village Park.


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