The Memorial Park is a tribute to the Chinese immigrants who first came to California in search of gold, and later becoming builders of the levees and railroads, then finally settling the farms and towns of the west. The Locke Memorial Park was constructed on a vacant lot which once housed a building that burned down on Main Street in 1984.On June 9, 2006 the Locke Foundation began construction on Locke Memorial Park. The following year the Locke Memorial Park Dedication opening ceremony was held on October 8, 2006. See the photo gallery of the Opening Celebration of The Memorial Park.
The park was designed by Whitney Mar, son of George Mar who operated the adjacent Yuen Chong Market. The black granite monument was designed by a local artist, Elise Mar. Elise is the daughter of park designer Whitney Mar and the granddaughter of former Locke resident George Mar.