In the ever popular pursuit of forgetting, the LA region is facing yet another potential loss of an artifact from its already limited history: Monster Park is being considered for renovation. Hidden away in a corner of San Gabriel’s Vincent Lugo Park, Monster Park (aka Dinosaur Park aka La Laguna) is a collection of concrete sea creatures designed and built by Mexican immigrant Benjamin Dominguez during the 60’s. These creations are remarkable for the sense of wonder they inspire in the youngsters that have been lucky enough to play on these functional works of art, their simple structure prodding developing minds to fill in the missing storyline. Of course, wherever you find a project that inspires creativity but generates no income you’ll find a bureaucrat creatively finding a reason to dismantle the whole thing. Luckily, some people are putting up a fight.
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Freshly painted snail slide.
The Red Pirate. What the pirate does for a living, that’s all up to you.
Starfish for climbing.
This dragon slide reminds me of the amazing Aztec pyramid we lost from Lincoln Park.
The octopus is my favorite, a crazy looking statue that you can actually climb on and use. Try doing that at your next museum visit!
It would be a shame to see all of these wonderful figures disappear in the name of profitable development or that bogus “safety” which is just a fear of silly lawsuits. When the sticks in the mud change our way of life, the terrorists of fun have won!