Eddie Van Halen’s widow, Janie Van Halen recently enjoyed her time at Zuma Beach. She dropped multiple pictures on her Twitter account.
“It was a great day to celebrate
birthday with our cousin at Zuma Beach and dinner at
#HappyBirthday #Beach #beachday #sunshine #sand #surf #dinner”
It was a great day to celebrate @JenHopeMusic birthday with our cousin at Zuma Beach and dinner at @moonshadowspch #HappyBirthday #Beach #beachday #sunshine #sand #surf #dinner pic.twitter.com/pHRJge02iT
— Janie Van Halen (@JanieVanHalen) September 19, 2022
‘Van Halen Stage’ Dedication Ceremony took place
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Van Halen Stage at a new park in Eddie Van Halen’s former hometown of Pasadena, California took place. It is the city where Van Halen formed 50 years ago and it was held on Saturday, September 17.
The park, which was named Playhouse Village Park at the urging of the late Councilmember John J. Kennedy, is located at 701 East Union Street (between El Molino Avenue and Oak Knoll Avenue). It has open space for informal recreation, relaxation, and community gatherings.
Along with all of that, a children’s playground with shade structures, public restrooms, and a 48-space parking plaza with a dog run are all also in place.
The city held public outreach to solicit suggestions for the name of the new park, with the most popular suggestions being for Eddie Van Halen and science-fiction writer Octavia Butler. Eddie Van Halen Park received over 3,400 favorable responses in the survey. Octavia E. Butler Park got 526 favorable responses. Playhouse Village Park and similar variations, including Playhouse Park, got 135 according to a tally reported jointly by the Planning and Community Development Department and the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department.
The Van Halen family requested that the stage area be named for the entire Van Halen band instead of exclusively for Eddie Van Halen. The Commission then amended its recommendation on the naming of the stage to the Van Halen Stage.
A memorial honoring Eddie Van Halen in Pasadena was officially unveiled last October — a little over a year after his death. A plaque was presented near the city Convention Center, which is next to the Civic Auditorium, where Van Halen played a number of times between 1975 and 1978.