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Funding plan approved for Plaza de Panama project

Posted: November 18th, 2016 | Balboa Park, Communities, News, Top Story | No Comments

By Ken Williams | Editor

The San Diego City Council voted 8-1 on Nov. 14 in favor of a $79 million funding plan for a Plaza de Panama project that will create more than 6 acres of vehicle-free parkland, gardens and plazas by banning cars from the heart of Balboa Park.

The long-dormant project has been rife with controversy over plans to build a bypass road and bridge off the east end of the historic Cabrillo Bridge and construct a three-story parking garage behind the Spreckels Organ Pavilion that will expand paid parking to the “people’s park,” as Balboa Park is known. Currently, valet parking is the only paid-parking option in Balboa Park.

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For the love of words

Posted: November 18th, 2016 | Arts & Entertainment, Balboa Park, Feature, Featured | No Comments

By Cynthia Robertson Poets of all ages and skill levels gather once a month in Balboa Park to share their favorite works. The next meeting of the Poetry Party of San Diego will be on Friday, Dec. 2, in the Santa Fe Room at Balboa Park Club. Earlier this fall, the Poetry Party hosted its annual Wordstock Festival of Oral Glory on Oct. 7, which brought together poets of all ages for an open mic […]

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Art as therapy

Posted: September 23rd, 2016 | Arts & Entertainment, Balboa Park, Feature, Top Story | No Comments

Saori weaving embraced by developmentally disabled adults locally

By Cynthia Robertson

On current exhibit at the Japanese Friendship Garden is “Constructs: The Art of Saori Weaving,” showcasing articles of clothing and other items made by students of Sophie’s Gallery, an arts program of St. Madeline Sophie’s Center for developmentally disabled adults.

The students learned this freeform style of weaving from their teacher Liz Walk.

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The extraordinary gifts of citizen scientists

Posted: August 26th, 2016 | Arts & Entertainment, Balboa Park, Top Story | No Comments

New permanent exhibit at theNAT honors unsung heroes

By Ken Williams | Editor

In 1874, a small group of citizen scientists who shared a love of the natural world got together to create the San Diego Society of Natural History, the forerunner to the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park.

These ordinary people — from lawyers to railroad workers — did something extraordinary for the citizens of San Diego, dedicating countless hours and personal resources to document their observations of the flora and fauna of this unique corner of California.

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‘Sense and Sensibility’ and sameness

By Charlene Baldridge | Theater Review

What could be more enjoyable and beautiful on a summer evening in Balboa Park than seeing “Sense and Sensibility”?

It’s a new musical at the Old Globe, co-produced in association with Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST), where it premiered on Navy Pier last year. It’s based on Jane Austen’s romantic novel, with book, music and lyrics by Paul Gordon, remembered hereabouts for “Jane Eyre” at La Jolla Playhouse in 1999 and more recently, “Emma” at the Old Globe.

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Balboa Park, Mission Bay Park projects proposed

Posted: July 1st, 2016 | Balboa Park, Featured, News | No Comments

By SDCNN Staff Imagine San Diego’s regional parks being preserved and enhanced for generations to come. That’s the goal of an ambitious plan Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced Thursday. One part of the plan includes the revival of a controversial Balboa Park project that proposes to transform Plaza de Panama into San Diego’s premier public space and construct a three-level underground garage behind the Spreckels Organ Pavilion. Opponents sued to stop the project, but lost in […]

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Change is in the air

Posted: June 17th, 2016 | Balboa Park, Feature, News, Top Story | No Comments

Cabrillo Bridge lights to be restored

By Margie M. Palmer

The long-neglected light poles on Balboa Park’s landmark Cabrillo Bridge are about to get a makeover.

The poles and their fixtures were installed in 1914, when the bridge was constructed in advance of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. Since that time, they’ve been mostly untouched, except for a onetime paint job.

Over the decades, they have been altered and damaged. But when the project is completed this summer, the lights will be brought back to their original condition. Damaged and missing ornamentation will be replaced, and the poles will be repainted with the same color that was used during the 1935 Balboa Park Exposition.

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When nudity was celebrated

Posted: May 20th, 2016 | Balboa Park, Featured | No Comments

New play recreates a 1930s nudist camp that resembled a human zoo By Margie M. Palmer When most people hear that Balboa Park was once home to what was likely the first, and only nudist park open to the public, the phrase “urban legend” quickly comes to mind. But during the two-year run of the 1935-36 California-Pacific International Exposition, anyone could pay their hard-earned 75 cents to gain entry to Zoro Garden. Once inside, they […]

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A Pow Wow tradition

By Margie M. Palmer The 2016 San Diego American Indian Pow Wow, a cultural event that showcases the heritage and traditions of American Indians, is set to take place May 7-8 in Balboa Park. More than 2,500 people from Southern California and Arizona are expected to attend, event organizers said, adding that the Pow Wow will be a colorful demonstration of cultural and spiritual traditions. Participants of all ages will be drumming and performing bird […]

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