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
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
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
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
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 www.arcadiapublishing.com).
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.
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.