At Vincent Lugo Park in the city of San Gabriel there is a hidden treasure: a sandy urban lagoon filled with fantastic sea monsters. For more than three generations, children have played on these sculptures that are the unique vision of a Mexicano/Chicano artist, Benjamin Dominguez.
In the Autumn 2006 edition of its newsletter, The Grapevine, the city announced plans to demolish this park. As residents of San Gabriel we were concerned and dismayed that such a treasure could be lost. We believe that the city has not yet adequately evaluated the cultural and historic value of the park for the community. We believe that the city should solicit more community input. We believe that the sculptures of “Monster” or “Dinosaur” park (as it is affectionately known) should be preserved.