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Rose Bowl with palms

 

The famous Rose Bowl in Pasadena under sunny January skies.  It is home to the UCLA football team as well as the annual College Football classic bowl game.  

The Rose Bowl may mean big-time college football to millions of people, but to locals, the Rose Bowl is just one feature of the large Brookside Park situated in the bottom of the Arroyo Seco on the west side of Pasadena.  Arroyo Seco means dry stream bed, which the area is--most of the year.  The "stream"  flows in a concrete channel and the Arroyo extends almost to downtown L.A. 

At Brookside children learn to swim and dive at the Aquatics Center.  Golfers play early morning rounds at the Brookside Golf Course.  All day long cyclists whiz by joggers and walkers on the streets that circle the park.  And then there is the gigantic Flea Market held in the Bowl's parking lot once a month. 

Colorado Street Bridge Pasadena California Further down the Arroyo, in the Lower Arroyo Seco park, there are native plant restoration projects, streams and miles of hiking and riding trails as well as the famous Colorado Street Bridge. 
  Home overlooking Arroyo Seco Pasadena

 

Overlooking the Arroyo are architecturally distinguished homes in secluded, tree shaded neighborhoods.  To take a driving tour of this area, start on Orange Grove Ave. and go west and south.

 

You can also visit Prospect Park and the famed Gamble House, an extraordinarily fine example of Craftsman architecture by going north on Orange Grove.

Many of the homes on the eastern edge of the Arroyo were built in the early 1900s.  On the western side are three neighborhoods -- Linda Vista, Anandale, and San Rafael -- which were not originally part of Pasadena.  Because they were annexed at a later date and were somewhat remote until bridges were built across the Arroyo, they remained mostly farm land for decades.  

 modern homes overlooking Brookside Park Pasadena Homes with variations on mid-century and contemporary architecture line the western side of the Arroyo Seco.  This area was annexed to Pasadena over 30 years after the city was founded.  Brookside Park is at the base of the photo

In the Arroyo Seco behind the Rose Bowl, to the north, is a neighborhood of homes that is locally called...well, "behind the Rose Bowl".  These homes in Pasadena and Altadena are quite small and the neighborhood is ethnically diverse.




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Other sights to see on this website:
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See the Bungalow Heaven historic neighborhood in Pasadena. Visit Chinatown from the Gold Line station and see this colorful neighborhood. See this Calder sculpture on the L.A. public art walking tour.


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