Posted: April 22nd, 2013
Chicano Park in San Diego, CA was founded on April 22, 1970 — the same day as the first Earth Day — when the community of Barrio Logan 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. Chicano Park was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.