I almost didn’t make it to this park before I left San Diego this time, but I’m so glad I made time and checked out the Chicano park murals! A year earlier I was right around the corner and didn’t know that this was here, or its significance.
Chicano Park is a 7.9 acre park located beneath the San Diego-Coronado Bridge in Barrio Logan. Which seemed to be a pretty cool area of town to see. It’s in a predominantly Chicano or Mexican American and Mexican-migrant community close to downtown. The park is home to an incredibly large collection of outdoor murals. there’s also various sculptures, earthworks, and an architectural piece dedicated to the cultural heritage of the community. At some point, a skate park was added, and one of the murals depicted a tribute to Tony Alva, famed old school pro- skater.
Most of the murals are painted on the pillars that support the bridge that gives the park its cover.
history of Chicano Park Murals
Because of the magnitude and historical significance of the murals, the park was designated an official historic site by the San Diego Historical Site Board in 1980 and its murals were officially recognized as public art by the San Diego Public Advisory Board in 1987. The park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013 owing to its association with the Chicano Movement, and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2016.Chicano Park, like Berkeley’s People’s Park, was the result of a militant, but nonviolent, people’s land takeover.
The murals really give you a sense of the vibrancy, resilience and history of the community. and its importance to the land and ancestral peoples of mexico.
Every year on the closest Saturday to April 22, the community celebrates the anniversary of the park’s takeover with a celebration called Chicano Park Day.
If you’re in the area stop by and grab a coffee or espresso from Por Vida, the best coffee shop in the area, and walking distance to the park!