Sun Village Digital History

Jackie Robinson Park is one of the most important legacies of the effort to build community in Sun Village through the late 1950s and early 1960s. As described in the history of the Sun Village Women’s Club, in the late 1950s and early 1960s, residents raised funds to purchase land for the park, and reached an agreement with LA County to sell the land to the county in exchange for its construction of a 9-acre park for Sun Village.

The park was completed in 1965, and opened in a public celebration, with Robinson, Dorn, and Sun Village’s community leaders in attendance. It included a baseball field, basketball court, children’s play area, and astronaut themed jungle gym. Within a year, the park was in constant use. A schedule published in the Antelope Valley Press in 1966 shows time slots stretching from 9am on Monday to 7pm on Sunday, filled with volleyball, table games, children’s story hour, sewing and knitting classes, softball, archery, swimming trips, and arts and crafts.

Historic photos of Jackie Robinson Park

Program from the Park's Groundbreaking

Photos of the Park today

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