Friends of Balboa Park have responded to San Diego’s critical water shortage by initiating the Water-Wise Program for Balboa Park – a plan that will help achieve environmental sustainability. The Friends are leading the effort by raising funds to “smartscape” acres of land with drought tolerant plants, install water-saving irrigation and high-tech irrigation controllers, and study and implement water-reclamation systems.In addition, an important water and irrigation mapping project is underway which will bring immediate benefit to water conservation efforts in the Park. Click here for more information.
Please share with us what you or your family remembers about Balboa Park. We want to tell future generations of your role in building the rich heritage of the Park. We plan to publish the collection in a new volume of “A Tapestry of Time.” Click here to download “A Tapestry of Time” Volume I – a rich history of Balboa Park as told through people’s memories of the Park from the Expositions in 1915 and 1935 which were collected and published by Betty and Homer Peabody in 1997 . Click here for more information about how you can submit new stories. Thank you!
Postcard courtesy of David Marshall
Thank you for voting in the 2014 Eco-Ambassadors People’s Choice campaign!
Voting has now ended in the online campaign. We thank all who took time to vote in support of our Plaza de Balboa Smartscape project. Your vote helped support our water conservation efforts in Balboa Park. Congratulations to the winner – ArtForm. Because of your efforts we received over 2,500 votes! Thank you!
Friends of Balboa Park celebrated National Arbor Day on Friday, April 25, 2014 in Zoro Garden. Attendees learned about programs underway to beautify the Park for the 2015 Centennial, including water conservation and smart scaping in several gardens around the Park. We were joined by school children from Roosevelt Middle and San Diego High School. Featured special guest Jean Palmer, the great-granddaughter of Arbor Day Founder J. Sterling Morton, is pictured at left planting a special ceremonial Oak tree to commemorate the occasion. To view our event program, click here.
Caltrans, in conjunction with the City of San Diego is working on a rehabilitation and retrofit project of the Cabrillo Bridge over State Route 163. Caltrans plans to ring in the new Year by lighting up the arches on the State Route 163 Laurel Street Overcrossing, also known as the Cabrillo Bridge. The historic San Diego landmark will be illuminated at night beginning Wednesday, Dec. 31. For the latest update on the project regarding night closures, dated December 29, 2014 – Cabrillo Bridge Const UpdateDEC2014