Chicano Park, a place of community and culture, has been the heart of Barrio Logan for decades and was born out of intense struggle, activism, and passion.
On April 22, 1970, several bulldozers appeared on a parcel of land underneath the Coronado bridge. Residents of Barrio Logan at first believed this to be the first stage in the construction of a community park for their neighborhood. That was not the case. Instead, the area was being prepared for the construction of a new California Highway Patrol Station.
This news traveled throughout Barrio Logan quickly, but the response by residents was even faster. Hundreds of San Diegans occupied the space and demanded that the City honor their commitments and deliver a community park to the people.
Community members entered into negotiations with the City for two months over the fate of the land. Finally, on July 1, 1971, an agreement was reached, and the area was designated to become a park.
It has been over four decades, and Chicano Park has grown into a local institution, with a rich cultural history.
It only makes sense that we honor Chicano Park and all those who fought for it with a Museum and Cultural Center. We deserve to have a community center that does right by our community, and I will work with you to ensure that happens.