Friends of Balboa Park is frequently featured in local, regional, and national media.

Balboa Park: One of America’s 6 best public spaces

San Diego Union Tribune article by Roger Showley – September 30, 2015

Ann Wilson does her part to preserve the legacy of Balboa Park

92009 Magazine Cover Story – August 6, 2015

Guardians of the Park

San Diego Metro Magazine August 2015 

Betty Peabody chairs Friends of Balboa Park, one of many organizations working
to keep the park alive and well into the next century – page 10

Voice of San Diego Podcast Live: Balboa Park’s Lengthy ‘Honey-Do’ List

VOSD live podcast July 24, 2015: Tomas Herrera-Mishler of the Balboa Park Conservancy and Betty Peabody of Friends of Balboa Park talked with Voice of San Diego about the big issues facing San Diego’s crown jewel.

Balboa Park’s Garden Party for the people

Saturday, May 9, 2015 San Diego Union Tribune article by Karla Peterson

Faulconer, Gloria Release Plans for 2015 Centennial

Monday, October 13, City of San Diego press release

San Diego County Fair theme revealed

A Fair to Remember – Official Press Release from City of San Diego and San Diego County Fair

2015 San Diego County Fair Theme Revealed (7 San Diego) – September 24, 2014

Adopt-A-Plot Program

Volunteers Sought for tending the gardens for the Park Centennial (Fox 5 Digital News) – September 17, 2014

Water-Wise in Balboa Park

Balboa Park: Ejemplo de Ahorro de Agua  (Vida Latina San Diego) – August 16, 2014

Balboa Park Explores Creative Water Conservation Strategies (San Diego Uptown News) – August 1, 2014

Support of the San Diego Unified School District Off Campus Learning

Students Return to Balboa Park, Fields Trips to Balboa Park Return (Union Tribune) – April 13, 2014

Friends of Balboa Park 2013 Awards Luncheon

Friends of Balboa Park Salute Volunteers (San Diego Uptown News) – November 8, 2013

Rancho Santa Fe family to be honored with the Friends of Balboa Park’s Millennium Award (Rancho Santa Fe Review) – October 24, 2013


Balboa Park Conservancy and Balboa Park Central Announce Merger Plans

Park Press Release June, 2013


Lily Pond Damaged and Repaired

Balboa Park lily pond undergoes $19K in repairs (Union Tribune) – August 20, 2012

Historic San Diego Lily Pond Repaired, Renovated Following Water Fight (NBC Southern California) – February 26, 2013

Community celebrates lily pond reopening (San Diego Downtown News) – March, 6, 2013

Repairs to Balboa Park Lily Pond Will Cost Thousands (KPBS) – August 13, 2012

Water fight at Balboa Park lily pond caused $19,000 worth of damage (KGTV 10News) – January 15, 2013

Crews Repair Balboa Park’s Lily Pond (NBC 7/39 San Diego) – January 15, 2013


Change Balboa Park?

Union-Tribune Editorial Board article on May 8, 2011


North County Times article by Pam Kragen

Visit one of these Friday for National Public Gardens Day


City Beat article by John R. Lamb

Will the philanthropist walk if his Balboa Park plaza plan is altered?


Voice of San Diego article by Scott Lewis

Irwin Jacobs responds to Zoo’s criticism of Plaza de Panama parking plan:

“Jacobs to Zoo: I Wasn’t Planning on Solving Your Parking Woes”


Voice of San Diego article by Scott Lewis

“Zoo: More Parking Needed, Yesterday”

Leaders of the San Diego Zoological Society have written a letter to Mayor Jerry Sanders and Qualcomm founder and philanthropist Irwin Jacobs sharply criticizing their vision to remake the center of the park and return the Plaza de Panama to pedestrian use.


Unleashing Frustration Over Dog Park Budget Cuts:

Nate’s Point dog owners voice opinions about water conservation measures.


WiFi comes to Balboa Park:

Friends of Balboa Park offer FREE WiFi from Information Kiosks

Click here for press release

Keeping an Urban Forest, and Resurrecting Trampled Flowerbeds Besides


Project For Public Spaces:

In September 2004 Balboa Park was selected by Project For Public Spaces as one of the best parks in the world – one of only 9 in the United States so honored – and the best park west of New York City.

Click here to read “The World’s Best and Worst parks.”
In 2003 the same organization included Balboa Park on the short list (6 parks) for selection as “best of the best” urban parks in the United States.

Click here to read “Great public spaces: Celebrating the best of America’s urban parks.

1935 California Pacific International Exposition:

Click here for an interesting article about the 1935 Exposition. (Reprinted with permission from the book San Diego’s Balboa Park, by David Marshall, AIA. Available in bookstores and online at

The Future of Balboa Park: Funding, Management and Governance:

Click here for the final report adopted by the Balboa Park Committee and submitted to the mayor and city council.

Governing the Park:

The Soul of San Diego — Keeping Balboa Park Magnificent In its Second Century
Click here for this landmark study of Balboa Park by The Trust for Public Land.

Botanical Building:

Click here for “The History of the Botanical Building” by Paul Sirois, District Manager of Balboa Park in the January/February 2008 issue of California Garden, published by the San Diego Floral Association.

Park of Promise:

Select these links for San Diego Union-Tribune columnist and historian Roger Showley’s 2015 wish list and challenge:


Balboa Park Task Force:

The Balboa Park Task Force is a Mayor-appointed volunteer advisory task force to develop recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on a new non profit public-benefit entity to work with the City’s Park and Recreation Department on fundraising and park management.


KPBS “Wonderland” episode on Balboa Park