Discovery Park renamed ‘Kumeyaay Park of Chula Vista’

Scholars, historians and members of the Kumeyaay nation believe it is a way to eliminate prejudice and heal discrimination.

SAN DIEGO – Another local town seeks to right the wrongs in our nation’s history. A statue of Christopher Columbus was permanently removed from a park in Chula Vista last year, and Chula Vista City Council voted Tuesday night to rename the park all together.

It was one of the main points on the agenda of the city council. The task force that has been focusing on this issue for a year presented its findings and members of city council voted on some of their recommendations, including a new name.

The statue of Christopher Columbus that had stood at Discovery Park on Buena Vista Way for years has been taken down. From now on, Discovery Park will be known as Kumeyaay Park of Chula Vista.

Three other Aboriginal names were on the table that all highlighted and acknowledged the original founders of this land. The city has yet to decide whether public art will take its place.

Council members don’t want to erase history, so a plaque will be erected to educate us all, about the indigenous peoples, who came before Christopher Columbus.

Scholars, historians, and members of the Kumeyaay nation all believe it is a way to eliminate prejudice, heal from discrimination, become good stewards of the land again, and ultimately be a better city. welcoming.

“If we look around the San Diego area, we can remember that Lindbergh’s image, flying across the country, was just as violent, anti-Semitic and racist. We don’t honor that kind of stuff. We don’t just not. We’ve become more enlightened and we have to do something,” Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas said.

The Columbus statue was erected in 1990, the same year Discovery Park was named.

A local developer, McMillan Company, which paid $100,000 for the statue at the time, will take it over and has agreed not to display it publicly.

Again this year, for the first time ever, Chula Vista recognized Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day.

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