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San Diego River Murals and Art

Community Volunteers Bringing Art to the River Park

We love public art! We believe that it makes the River Park a beautiful and inviting place.

The San Diego River Park Foundation has coordinated community members of all skill and experience levels to work on six murals along the River Trail to date.

To see a Google map with locations of the murals, click here.


  • "Happy Trails"
  • Completed in March/April 2012, this is our sixth mural, designed and directed by Thom "The Sign Painter" Guerra. Over 100 community volunteers helped to complete this wonderful new public art installation. It is located along the River Trail in the Mission Valley Preserve at Cottonwood Grove.

    See a video of the mural creation here.

    This project was made possible with the support of:
    The Mission Hills Garden Club
    Teen Volunteers in Action

  • "River Life"
  • Completed in October 2009, our fifth mural was completed over the first four days of October 2009. Nearly 200 volunteers came out to help us transform an eyesore into a work of art by creating our largest mural yet, over 1,748 square feet! "River Life" is located at the corner of Camino de la Reina and Qualcomm Way. It was designed and directed by Lori Escalera.

    See a video of the slideshow of the mural in progress here.

  • "Our River"
  • Completed in April 2009, more than 100 artists signed up to help paint this very visible community mural, located at Mission Center Road and Hazard Center Drive in Mission Valley. This mural was designed and directed by artist Andrea Arroyo.

  • "On The River Trail"
  • Completed in August 2008, this mural is located along the River Trail on the south side of the River, just east of Pacific Highway. "On the River Trail" was designed and directed by Lori Escalera. See a video of the slideshow of the mural in progress here.

  • Our first two murals are located along Friars Rd. (one on each side of the road), just west of Napa Street.

Interested in helping?
Sign up for our e-newsletter to make sure to hear about our next mural project. Occasionally, our murals get damaged by graffiti. We are seeking volunteers with some artistic abilities to join the Graffiti Response Team. Email us for more information



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