11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Vincent Lugo Park, San Gabriel
The Los Angeles Conservancy, its Modern Committee, and the Friends of La Laguna invite kids of all ages to a special picnic a truly unique playground: La Laguna de San Gabriel, a sand-filled "lagoon" of whimsical sea creatures handcrafted in the mid-1960s by master concrete artist Benjamin Dominguez.
This "Monster Park" will host a May Day afternoon of games, lunch, and architecture-inspired ice cream sandwiches from the Coolhaus truck. Admission is $15 for the general public, $10 for L.A. Conservancy members, and $5 for kids twelve and under (admission includes lunch, a Coolhaus ice cream sandwich, and games). Reservations are required and available on the L.A. Conservancy site.
The Friends won a 2009 Conservancy Preservation Award for their Historic Structures Report and Preservation Plan. They've launched a $1.2 million capital campaign to implement the plan and recently received a $250,000 grant from the California Cultural and Historical Endowment. The playground is now an official City of San Gabriel landmark and the only postwar playground listed in the California Register of Historical Resources.
Photo by Eloy Zarate.