La Alma Recreation Center

1325 W 11th Avenue

La Alma Recreation Center is most clearly a place for the fitness and health of its members, but also brings together the surrounding community through spirit of the Chicano Movement. Built in 1972, it has a strong grass-roots history of support and community.


-written by Molly Kimbley


Emanuel Martinez mural: “La Alma”

Emanuel Martinez helped establish La Alma Recreation Center in 1972. His mural "La Alma," formed as a community project in 1978, exists on the building as a tribute to the neighborhood and its colorful soul. Its imagery reflects notions of balance, past and present, urban and rural.   -written by Molly Kimbley

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