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Chicano Park Museum opens Saturday



SAN DIEGO — An effort that began in 2015 is lastly coming to fruition: the Chicano Park Museum and Cultural Heart will open its doorways for the primary time this weekend.  

The grand opening for the museum and cultural heart shall be Saturday from midday to six p.m. at Chicano Park.

Contained in the museum, guests will be capable of be taught in regards to the historical past of the park with sculpture pillars imitating the concrete pillars holding up the Interstate 5 and the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge.

“The pillars are reflective of the pillars on the park,” Josephine Talamantez, cofounder of Chicano Park and board chair for the museum, instructed FOX 5.

Twelve pillars spotlight the a number of teams and organizations which have helped set up and battle for the park.  

“These organizations have been with Chicano Park Steering Committee and Chicano Park nearly from the inception,” Talamantez mentioned.

“These are all very, very historic, the youngsters and these are photos you don’t see day by day,” Alberto Pulido, vice chair of the museum, instructed FOX 5.

One of many pillars is the San Diego Low Rider Council, which Pulido says was an essential a part of the group.  

“There was a number of discrimination towards the low rider group not being allowed to cruise,” Pulido mentioned.

Chicano Park is a illustration of resilience after group members stopped the development of a California Freeway Patrol station that was promised to be a park as a substitute.  

“We had tons of of those that then got here and had been supporting this park and stopping the boulders from working,” Talamantez mentioned.

Fifty-one years later, there’s now a museum exhibiting the park’s historical past.

For extra info, go to the Chicano Park Museum and Cultural Heart web site.

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