Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Councilman David Alvarez (l) at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the revamped Chicano Park. Photo courtesy of the Mayor’s office

San Diego officials on Thursday unveiled more than $1 million in improvements to Chicano Park in Barrio Logan, including new playgrounds and a skatepark.

Upgrades to the three-acre park under the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge also include a handball court with decorative stamped concrete, 10 pieces of adult fitness equipment and a new drinking fountain. Turf was removed to conserve water and a decomposed granite zone designed for organized workouts took its place.

“Growing from a seed idea at the city, this project creatively brought state resources into Barrio Logan, making it a shining example of San Diego collaboration and our love for our neighborhoods,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said. “With these improvements, we will continue to relish Chicano Park as an iconic destination of Mexican-American art and culture.”

Contributions from the Urban Corps, Shea Properties, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the Tony Hawk Foundation augmented public money that funded the project.

“Chicano Park exemplifies the broad cultural, political, economic and social history of the community and I am proud to have this region-wide treasure in my council district,” Councilman David Alvarez said. “The collaborative effort involved to make these recreational park improvements happen is to be commended.”

According to the city, a Chicano heritage theme was incorporated into the equipment design in two play areas, which was inspired by the nearby kiosk where Aztec dancers and Ballet Folklorico groups practice and perform. Sand was removed from the playgrounds and replaced by colorful rubberized surfacing.

— City News Service

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