La Laguna at Vincent Lugo Park

La Laguna at Vincent Lugo Park

Vincent Lugo Park, located in San Gabriel, California, is home to La Laguna de San Gabriel or the "Dinosaur Park."

Preserving San Gabriel's Dinosaur Park

La Laguna at Vincent Lugo Park

La Laguna at Vincent Lugo Park, colloquially referred to as La Laguna, includes 14 concrete play structures and an adjacent picnic area that can accommodate up to 100 people. The 14 play structures, crafted by Mexican-American artist Benjamin Dominguez, are built into colorful, concrete sea creatures and are located in a sand-filled lagoon at the center of Vincent Lugo Park.

In 2006, the La Laguna structures were deemed safety hazards and nearly demolished. However, through local activism and widespread fundraising efforts, Friends of La Laguna commissioned a preservation plan and facilitated the restoration of the La Laguna playground. Today, the unique playground is recognized as a local landmark in the City of San Gabriel and is listed on the California Register of Historic Places. La Laguna is a beloved space for outdoor play and community gatherings, and a symbol of innovative artistic expression.

GRoW Support

2010

Capital Support - La Laguna Preservation (Friends of La Laguna)