Vincent Lugo Park

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La Laguna de San Gabriel
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Vincent Lugo Park is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Vincent Lugo Park
Vincent Lugo Park is located in California
Vincent Lugo Park
Vincent Lugo Park is located in the United States
Vincent Lugo Park
Location300 W. Wells St.
San Gabriel, California
Coordinates34°05′01″N 118°06′16″W / 34.08361°N 118.10444°W / 34.08361; -118.10444Coordinates: 34°05′01″N 118°06′16″W / 34.08361°N 118.10444°W / 34.08361; -118.10444
Built1965
Architectural styleFolk art
MPSLatinos in 20th Century California
NRHP reference #100000462
Added to NRHPJanuary 11, 2017

Vincent Lugo Park is a park located at 300 West Wells St., San Gabriel, CA 91776. It is the largest park in the city of San Gabriel, California.[1][2] Park grounds include lighted youth baseball diamond, youth multi-purpose athletic field, Laguna de San Gabriel Nautical (Dinosaur) Playground, picnic tables, barbecues, restrooms and the Girl Scout House.[3]

La Laguna[edit]

One feature of Vincent Lugo Park is a children's playground, sometimes referred to as "La Laguna de San Gabriel" or "Monster Park."[4][5][6][7] La Laguna was created by Mexican-American artist Benjamin Dominguez.[8][9] The park’s play structures include 14 "friendly looking cement sea creatures rising out of the sand for children to play on."[10] The sand-filled lagoon includes Minnie the whale, Stella the starfish, Ozzie the octopus, and Flipper, Speedy and Peanut, three colorful dolphins.[11] The playground was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on January 11, 2017.

Park History[edit]

In 1965, Vincent Lugo was parks supervisor for the City of San Gabriel, and was chiefly responsible for converting a city landfill into the San Gabriel Municipal Park – lauded for transforming trash into beauty. Because of his contributions to San Gabriel as a city employee for over 30 years, and because of his vision to beautify those nine acres of city dump, Vincent Lugo was remembered in a 1988 re-dedication of Municipal Park, which was renamed Vincent Lugo Park in his honor.[12]

In 2006, city park renovation plans sought to demolish the structures, deeming them safety hazards.[13] But in the years since, locals organized as the Friends of La Laguna have fought for the playground’s preservation and renovation.[14]

In 2008, Friends of La Laguna commissioned a Historic Structures Report and Preservation Plan. This assessment was funded through a Third Round California Cultural and Historic Endowment Grant and funding from the Annenberg Foundation. The assessment was honored with awards from the LA Conservancy and the California Preservation Foundation in 2009.

In 2009, La Laguna playground was successfully nominated to the California Register of Historic Places. It was also designated a local landmark for the City of San Gabriel.[15][16]

The park was closed for renovation for almost 18 months in 2011-2012.[17]

As a result of the work of the Friends of La Laguna, the State Historic Resources Commission nominated the playground for the National Register of Historic Places in 2016. “It is historic,” said City Manager Steve Preston in a statement. “It is a cultural landscape, and it is an active, living playground.”[18]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "San Gabriel's Vincent Lugo Park back in business". Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  2. ^ "Vincent Lugo Park | San Gabriel, CA - Official Website". www.sangabrielcity.com. Retrieved 2017-02-14.
  3. ^ "Vincent Lugo Park". San Gabriel, CA. Retrieved 2017-02-14.
  4. ^ "Vincent Lugo's Monster Park, and Its Forgotten Namesake". www.avoidingregret.com. Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  5. ^ "Friends of La Laguna - About Us". www.friendsoflalaguna.org. Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  6. ^ "San Gabriel, CA - Monster Park". RoadsideAmerica.com. Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  7. ^ "The "Monster Park" in San Gabriel could become a nationally recognized historic place". Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  8. ^ "Friends of La Laguna - Artist's Life". www.friendsoflalaguna.org. Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  9. ^ "La Laguna de San Gabriel | San Gabriel, CA - Official Website". www.sangabrielcity.com. Retrieved 2017-02-14.
  10. ^ "The "Monster Park" in San Gabriel could become a nationally recognized historic place". Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  11. ^ "La Laguna de San Gabriel | San Gabriel, CA - Official Website". www.sangabrielcity.com. Retrieved 2017-02-14.
  12. ^ "Vincent Lugo's Monster Park, and Its Forgotten Namesake". www.avoidingregret.com. Retrieved 2017-02-14.
  13. ^ "The "Monster Park" in San Gabriel could become a nationally recognized historic place". Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  14. ^ "The "Monster Park" in San Gabriel could become a nationally recognized historic place". Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  15. ^ "Friends of La Laguna - About Us". www.friendsoflalaguna.org. Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  16. ^ "La Laguna de San Gabriel | San Gabriel, CA - Official Website". www.sangabrielcity.com. Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  17. ^ "San Gabriel's Vincent Lugo Park back in business". Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  18. ^ "The "Monster Park" in San Gabriel could become a nationally recognized historic place". Retrieved 2017-02-13.