Eco Ambassador Campaign 2014

Eco Ambassadors 2014Thank 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 Celebrate National Arbor Day – Friday, April 25

ArborDay2014JeanPalmer&RooseveltStudentsFriends 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.

Cabrillo Bridge Rehabilitation and Retrofit Project Updates

163_Cabrillo_Bridge June2013KBCaltrans, 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

San Diego Unified to Restart Pilot Balboa Park program with help from the Friends!

school bus Barta (2)Friends of Balboa Park has initiated the return of 5th grade school children to Balboa Park for one day field trips starting in 2014!  San Diego Unified School Board voted to restart this program, provided funding for buses can be guaranteed. 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!

Lily Pond Repairs & Restoration

Lily Pond in Bloom Summer 08-croppedWhen 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.