National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior

National Register of Historic Places Program:
Chicano Park,
San Diego, California

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.


Chicano Park, in San Diego, California, was the site of a powerful protest in 1970 by members of the local San Diego Hispanic community over the planned redevelopment of a vacant site within the Barrio Logan community that had been previously promised to the community as public open space. The peaceful occupation of the site and the subsequent successful struggle to turn the location into a vibrant community gathering spot is closely associated with the local Chicano Civil Rights Movement in San Diego. In subsequent years the park became the setting of important examples of Chicano Movement muralism, as local and regional artists came to the park to paint various monumental works on the columns of the freeway overpass that defined the created-state park. These murals have achieved national recognition. Artists whose works appears in Chicano Park include Salvador Torres, Mario Torero, Victor Ochoa, Esteban Villa, Ricardo Favela, Guillermo Rousette, Jose Montoya, Charles “Gato” Felix, Rupert Garcia, Yolanda Lopez, Celia Herrera Rodriguez, Irma Barbosa, Glory Sanchez, Issias Crow and many others.

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