Chicano Park

This past weekend’s tour of San Diego with my cousin Katie and Casey included a stop at Chicano Park, and I am embarassed to admit I had never been there before. What an amazing place! And, an inspiring story of community acitivism and a neighborhood’s desire for self-determination.

Hanging out under the freeway offers a unique perspective. More lines. These freeway lines initially divided the community, but in the end served to unite.


And I felt really secure seeing the support structure of the freeway. I always wondered how those bridges stay up:

My cousin Katie the artist was wowed as well, and hopefully inspired since she will be working on some murals in Portland soon.

I’m not sure if this is a regular occurance, but last Sunday several Lowrider car clubs had gathered, showcasing some awesome classic cars, totally restored and tricked out.

Check out the rest of the pictures of Chicano Park.

We also visted the San Diego Mission– another place I had never visited. (In my defense, I have been to the Mission San Luis Rey, also in San Diego County, as well as half of the other Missions in California) Are there places in your community you’ve never visited?

3 thoughts on “Chicano Park

  1. I love your article! Yay!!!!!
    Good point about feeling more secure about standing under the freeway while knowing how it is held up. Beautiful mural of a man holding it up! Heck yeah!
    You are the best tour guide I have known.
    Lucky me you are my cousin!
    PS I showed my friend I’ll be painting the murals with and she freaked out!
    What an amazing place and cultural and artistic resource.


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