As if South Pasadena wasn't already charming enough, Garfield Park practically defines what it means to be a wholesome neighborhood park. You're likely to encounter families celebrating birthdays or kids climbing around the playground, but the modest sized park never feels swallowed by crowds—with the allowable exception of its summer concert series. Enter through the Mission Street side and you'll first walk through a compact but lovely rose garden. Elsewhere, mature trees and cobblestone details lend a distinctly South Pas feel to the park—that is to say, small town warmth with decidedly LA style.
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