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.
In recent years the CPSC has spearheaded the community's campaign to prevent the damage and/or destruction of the murals during the ongoing seismic retrofit project to reinforce the bridge supports in the event of an earthquake. The CPSC is currently involved in mitigation negotiations with CalTrans relative to how the park will be put back together at the conclusion of the retrofit project and what improvements will be made (CPSC). In other words, in the previous years, the city has been wanting to paint over the murals since they aren't seen as much since under the bridge of going on the Coronado bay or surpassing over the 5 free-way. Protest and festivals and sadly a tragic death had occured in the previous years when a drunk driver had fallen over the bridge and had fallen on top of a family, killing at least 2 and injuring others around the area during a concert.
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.