Since the creation of Chicano Park, the community has used the space for a variety of organized events. Given the historical challenge that ultimately led to the inception of the park, community members celebrate a colorful array of cultural traditions up until present day. Annually since 1971, Barrio Logan celebrates the momentous anniversary of the Chicano Park Takeover that occurred on April 22, 1970 (Santos). Throughout the years Chicano Park has also been a location for civil and immigrant rights protests. A fairly recent political demonstration, The Solidarity Gathering at Chicano Park, took place in September 2017 to show community support for opposing activists looking to remove the iconic murals (Winkley). A more calm and camaraderie filled tradition that manifested from Chicano Park Day celebrations is La Vuelta Cultural Summer Festival. Every August, for the last few years, this festival has brought together the vivid and colorful Latino hobby of lowrider vehicles. The festival not only boasts a variety of artistic automobiles, but also celebrates the ChicanX heritage and culture that inspires it. Events such as those mentioned have helped preserve the ChicanX culture by further immersing the local and surrounding neighborhoods in cultural celebrations, organized political events, and diverse extracurricular traditions.
Chicano Park also hosts a prominent display of painted murals that illustrate
the predominantly Hispanic, Mexican-American, and Chicano culture of the
surrounding neighborhood, Barrio Logan. Chicano Park features the
largest collection of outdoor murals in the United States. The “Voz
Libre” mural, painted in 1984, was dedicated to a Don Pedro Gonzalez,
the owner of the first Spanish radio station in California. In 1977,
the “Varrio Si, Yonkes No” mural was painted, based on a flier
distributed at a community meeting warning of the dangers of automotive
junkyards, which incited protests in Barrio Logan at the time. One mural
even depicts the founding of Mexico City.