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Prado Dam Bicentennial Mural Restoration Painting Begins

April 5, 2023

The Prado Dam Bicentennial Mural Restoration Painting project has officially begun, marking a rebirth for the iconic Inland Empire landmark along with 91 Freeway. This project aims to restore the mural's vibrant red, white, and blues, which have significantly aged in the nearly five decades since it was originally painted.

Through a partnership between the Bicentennial Freedom Mural Conservancy, Friends of the Prado Dam Mural, Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, Riverside County Regional Park & Open-Space District, and the United States Army Corps of Engineers – Los Angeles District, as well as substantial support from Representative Ken Calvert and Riverside County Supervisor Karen Spiegel, supporters of the Prado Dam bicentennial mural, will finally witness its restoration. Supporters were able to secure $140,000 from generous sponsors to paint the original mural onto the recently cleaned cement canvas.

“The Prado Dam Bicentennial Mural is a symbol of our region’s history and resilience,” said Supervisor Karen Spiegel, Second District. “The restoration project is a testament to our commitment to preserving our heritage and ensuring that future generations can appreciate the beauty and significance of this landmark. We are grateful to the talented painters leading this project and look forward to celebrating the completion of this important endeavor.” 

A groundbreaking ceremony was held in September 2022 to celebrate the original high school group that painted the mural in 1976 and their work to have it restored. The original lead-based mural was removed in February with $2.5 million in federal funding secured by Representative Ken Calvert – Congressional District 42. After significant work on behalf of the Friends of the Prado Dam Mural, sponsors, and stakeholders, enough funding was raised to have the mural repainted in its original design.

To learn more about the Prado Dam bicentennial mural restoration, visit: or contact Peter Usle at [email protected]