San Diego's Chicano Park receives $1 million in funding

The California Department of Housing and Community Development awarded a $1 million grant to Chicano Park in the Barrio Logan neighborhood of San Diego, NBC San Diego reported. Those looking for homes for sale in San Diego can expect to see an increase in the quality of public works in this metro neighborhood.

City officials plan to use the money to get new lighting and playground equipment, but also hope to expand the park’s plaza area, repair one of the park’s fountains, and construct a skateboard area. News source CNS additionally reported the intent to use the money for “enhancing drought-tolerant landscaping.”

The grant does come with the stipulation that the money must be used in the next three years. The funds will be given out through the House and Emergency Shelter Trust Fund Act of 2006, according to NBC.

Chicano Park is located adjacent to a market, the Mercado del Barrio, at the eastern edge of downtown San Diego. The park is about three acres, and hosts annual festivities in April for the community to celebrate the park’s rocky start. The park rose out of months of protests by Chicano activists in 1970, objecting to plans for a California Highway Patrol station and eventually succeeding in having the plan shelved in favor of the park.

Chicano Park is well-known for the extensive murals that demonstrate the history and culture of the neighborhood. The artworks comprise one of the country’s largest collections of outdoor murals.