Jackie and Mack Robinson were two of the most significant residents of Pasadena. For breaking many barriers, bronze portrait sculptures, to commemorate their lives, were dedicated November 6, 1997.
These larger than life sculpture are located on Garfield Avenue, north of Union Street, across the street from City Hall. Completed June 20, 2002 with a ring of granite tiles etched with donor’s names, benches and landscaping, including peach trees. (Pasadena Star News 6/21/02)
Mack Robinson won the silver medal in the 200-meter race in the 1936 Olympics. Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball when in 1947 he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers.
The final work was completed June 20, 2002 with a placement of a ring of granite tiles etched with donor’s names, a few benches and unique landscaping, which included peach trees. (Pasadena Star News 6/21/02) Saving the trees in the Civic Center Gardens is also something the Pasadena Civic Center Coalition is trying to accomplish.