Hundreds of magnificent poinsettia plants turn Balboa Park’s historic wood lath Botanical Building into a glowing tribute to the holidays. You may support the display by making a donation of $25 or more. You may designate your Poinsettia donation in honor of or in memory of someone special. Donor and honoree names will be on display inside the Botanical Building from December 6th through New Year’s. Each donor and their honoree will be invited to our Annual Poinsettia Party inside the Botanical Building on December 12th. Click here to donate.
Friends of Balboa Park hosted our 13th Annual Awards Luncheon celebrating volunteer leadership and organizations committed to the betterment of Balboa Park. Several of the visionaries and volunteers who have helped make Balboa Park extraordinary were honored including the Gildred Family and Inspiration Award Honorees from several park institutions. For more information about the luncheon, click here. To download an event program, click here.
To view event photos, click here.
Click here to view the November Exhibits and Performances.
Rare Irving Gill furniture on display
Redwood furniture designed a century ago by Irving J. Gill, San Diego’s foremost modernist architect, is on public view together for the first time at the recently reopened Marston House Museum and Gardens in Balboa Park.
In May, Friends hosted a Water-Wise showcase of accomplishments to educate the community of water wise practitioners on our ongoing projects in the areas of infrastructure, botany, ecology, the latest water-wise technologies and more. Click here to visit our Water-Wise collaboration space and view the latest on several ongoing projects, including donor opportunities for involvement.
Our Water-wise program is preserving Balboa Park’s parkland one drop at a time, but we need your help to smartscape the Park by 2020. Together we can achieve winning outcomes that will preserve Balboa Park for future generations.
Good News! Friends of Balboa Park has initiated the return of 5th grade school children to Balboa Park! On Tuesday, June 25, San Diego Unified School Board voted to restart this program to begin one day a week provided funding for buses can be guaranteed.
For many school children the 5th grade program was their introduction to the museums and to Balboa Park itself. We have been working with the school district to give current and future children this same opportunity. The Off Campus Integrated Learning Experience (OCILE) Programs will depend on the availability of outside funding.
Friends of Balboa Park will be raising funds for bus transportation. At $185/bus, the annual need to get school children into the Park for one day/week will be $40,000 per year for all San Diego 5th graders. We appreciate your support at any level to give each child this special enrichment to the regular curriculum, an experience the children will never forget. To read more about the program, and make a donation, click here. Thank you!
Caltrans, in conjunction with the City of San Diego will begin a rehabilitation and retrofit project of the Cabrillo Bridge over State Route 163. The project has begun and will end next summer of 2014. The Laurel Street Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic from January of 2014 through April 2014. For more information on the project, click here. To receive the latest updates on closures from the project managers, click here.
When the plants had gone dormant and the Park’s social calendar slowed sufficiently, Park & Recreation Department and Friends of Balboa Park completed the final work to recover from the damage to the Lily Pond in August of 2012. To read more about the repairs and restoration, click here. To view a complete listing of donors for the repair and restoration project, click here. To view our photo galleries of the recent activity, including event photos from the Lily Pond Celebration on February 25, click here.
Founder’s Perspective – Closing Speech by Betty Peabody from Friends of Balboa Park Annual Awards Luncheon
We share with you here the wonderful remarks made by our Founder, Betty Peabody, at our recent Awards Luncheon.
Thank you Clark and Iris! All of you have certainly inspired all of us! How many of you were here for the 1935 Exposition? Franklin D. Roosevelt came to Balboa Park, both as Secretary of the Navy and later, as President. In a depression era speech he advised and encouraged Americans to “build from the bottom up.” To download and view the rest of Betty’s speech, click here.
Friends of Balboa Park is proud to get you behind the scenes around Balboa Park. If you are a regular Park visitor, you have probably heard one of the noontime bell medleys coming from the California Tower. But few people know the process behind the sound. To read more about this fascinating instrument and its rich history in the park, and to find out how you can submit a song request, click here to view entire article submitted by current Carillonneur Gina Seashore.
The Family Guide is designed with YOU in mind! We hope you will stay longer and play more by doing these activities while visiting Balboa Park with your family. There are activities for nine museums and twelve outdoor areas in Balboa Park. Have fun exploring the museums and free outdoor gardens. For some of the activities you will need a pencil, but for all of them you will definitely need your wonderful imagination. The guide is a project of the Informal Curriculum Experience (I.C.E.) sub-committee of the Balboa Park Educators’ Council (BPEC). Printed copies will be available at the Visitors Center, thanks to support from Balboa Park Central. Have fun, be creative, and PLAY! Click here to download a complete guide.