Armory Project

2013 Pigs and Pinot and More posterThe rich history of the Salinas National Guard Armory building began in 1932. It was financed by the New Deal and supported by the City Council and community organizations to replace the previous building on the corner of West Alisal Street and Salinas Street.

Originally, the California National Guard used the building to house Tank Company C. During that time it also doubled as a civic auditorium. After the Tank Company was deployed to the Philippines during WWII, the Armory became a Wartime Civilian Control Agency Assembly Center and housed Japanese-Americans until they were ultimately sent to internment camps.

Preserving the Past, Building the Future best describes the significance of the overall project. Though we are now occupying the building and running our programs and activities each week, the building still has a long way to go. We have several projects in the works including replacing the roof, creating a kitchen space that will house a future culinary program, and much more! Salinas PAL prides itself on providing FREE athletic, social-educational, and cultural activities to youth, and, in doing so, we are “bridging the gap between cops and kids.”

The Armory Project officially began with our Ground Breaking ceremony on September 7, 2011.

Armory Breaking Ground Photos 9-7-11We have been fortunate to receive several grants from local funders and even worked with a very energetic group of participants from Leadership Salinas Valley – Class XXX. This group took on the Armory renovation as their leadership project and helped us achieve our goal of painting the exterior of the building. We appreciate their efforts and their continued interest and support in the Armory Project.

We continue to look for community involvement in this project. From donating time and labor, to donating money to our capital campaign, Salinas PAL is asking for your help with the project. Volunteers over the age of 14 are encouraged to inquire about upcoming opportunities for service. Please call the number below or email our Board of Directors at the below address for more information.

For more information or for partnership information please call the Salinas PAL Board of Directors at 831.682.2534 or email us at