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.

2013 Poinsettia Display in the Botanical Building

Hundreds of magnificent poinsettia plants turn Balboa Park’s historic wood lath Botanical Building into a glowing tribute to the holidays.  The display is installed in time for the December Nights Festival, the first weekend in December and usually runs through the first week in January.  The Botanical Building is closed on Thursdays.  Friends of Balboa Park, together with our donors, help fund the annual display.  Donor and honoree names are on display inside the Botanical Building for the duration of the display.  Click here to view the 2013 Annual Poinsettia Honor Roll.  Thanks to all who donated!




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.  The Bridge was re-opened to vehicular traffic on June 2.   For the latest update on the project dated October 6, 2014: Cabrillo Bridge Const Update OCT2014

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!