Editor’s note: Welcome to our newest column, Progressive San Diego! We received an email from Dave, a reader in Liverpool, UK, who’s visiting San Diego later this year. He had one simple question: What are some progressive places to visit?
That got us thinking. There’s nothing really available online that’s broad and comprehensive with regard to San Diego’s progressive history and locales — a directory of sorts. We want to change that.
And so twice a month we will feature a person, place or thing that has done something to contribute to our important cause and culture. Given our time and resource restraints, each feature will be short and sweet, or pulled from other sites with permission. Please feel free to add information in the comments. We would love this to be organic and ever evolving.
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On April 22, 1970 community members of the predominantly working class, Mexican barrio of Logan Heights, after years of asking for a park, took matters into their own hands and occupied land underneath the San Diego-Coronado Bridge.
Despite the busy I-5 freeway and Coronado Bridge that runs over and through it, Chicano Park has become a place of peaceful, reflection into the struggle that was the Chicano Civil Rights era. With larger-than-life murals that adorn nearly all of the freeway’s concrete support beams, the park is a colorful, rich lesson in history.
Each year, on the Saturday closest to April 22, thousands gather to celebrate Chicano Park Day with traditional dance, music, food, children’s art workshops and a lowrider car show.
For more information on Chicano Park read the following San Diego Free Press articles:
- Barrio Logan’s Chicano Park, Our National Treasure by Brent E. Beltrán
- The Grand Orchid of Our Barrio: Chicano Park by Brent E. Beltrán
- Victor Ochoa – Mural Maestro of Chicano Park by Frank Gormlie
- What Does Chicano Park Mean to You? by Brent E. Beltrán
- Field of View: 43rd Annual Chicano Park Day by Annie Lane
- SD For Free: Chicano Park Day by John P. Anderson
- New Chicano Park Muralists Are Honored to Paint in the Park by Brent E. Beltrán
- Riding Low on New Year’s Day by Brent E. Beltrán
- The History of Neighborhood House in Logan Heights: From Empowerment to Direct Action in the Barrio! by Maria E. Garcia