Parque Castillo is a neighborhood park off Cesar Chavez Street in Saint Paul. Family-friendly amenities include a playground and tot-lot and space to picnic with a grill. This park is across Clinton Avenue from the Gilbert de la O athletic field and the Wellstone Center/El Rio Vista Recreation Center.
Parque Castillo Reopens after Renovations
The City of Saint Paul reopened the newly renovated Parque Castillo in October of 2018 Included in the renovations were two new play areas, a splashpad and a public art piece by Saint Paul artist Craig David honoring Nicolas Castillo, Sr. for whom the park is named. The existing stage was left at the center of the park to support activities such as the annual Cinco de Mayo festival.
Historical Relevance of Parque Castillo
Parque Castillo was named in honor of community activist and musician Nicolas Castillo, Sr. Castillo was born in Delores, Texas and traveled with his family as a migrant worker eventually settling in the 1920s in the Mexican community on the West Side of Saint Paul. According to the book, The Street Where You Live: A Guide to the Place Names of St. Paul by Donald Empson, Castillo was both a gifted musician and composer who wrote corridos ballads to chronicle community activities, but also a generous activist who was always willing to help those in need.