Chicano Park Restoration

Posted: March 28th, 2012

Chicano Park Restoration 2011

The Chicano Park Mural Restoration project in Barrio Logan in San Diego, CA, is restoring the murals painted on the columns and retaining walls that are part of the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge. The murals have deep transcending values and are recognized at the local, state and national levels as historical, cultural and social and political public art.

Chicano Park was founded on April 22, 1970 — the same day as the first Earth Day — when the Barrio Logan community joined activists to protest the construction of a Highway Patrol station on the present site of the 8 acre park. The community had already been degraded by the demolition of hundreds of homes to make way for Interstate 5, toxic industries and junkyards, and by the lack of community facilities, good schools, jobs, and medical or social services. 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. There is currently a movement to have the park listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

See the work with $1.5 million to restore the Chicano Park murals here.

See report on green access and equity in San Diego County by the San Diego Foundation and The City Project here