20 Cool Playgrounds


La Laguna Playground (San Gabriel, Calif.)

La Laguna Playground goes by several names: You may know it as La Laguna Playground or "Dragon Park," "Dinosaur Park," or "Monster Park." It dates back to the 1960s, when the sand-filled lagoon featuring fourteen life-size concrete sea creatures was designed and built in Vincent Lugo Park by Mexican concrete artist Benjamin Dominguez.

In 2006, demolition threatened the play space but the non-profit preservation group Friends of La Laguna formed to save it. Today, it's a symbol of pride for San Gabriel's Chicano heritage, holds a spot on San Gabriel's list of historic places and is the only post-World War II playground to be included in the California Register of Historical Resources.