Ranger Kim Duclo really, really loves Balboa Park. He’s a sponge for its stories and quirks.

At our Meeting of the Minds event last week, Duclo selected some notable park features and connected them to their counterparts elsewhere in the state, including a fountain at the University of Southern California and a carousel at Griffith Park in Los Angeles.

Watch Ranger Kim’s presentation:

We’re posting videos of all of the presentations, filmed by our partners at the Media Arts Center San Diego:

• Maren Dougherty introduces us to 20 little-known people in the park.

• Jose Ysea sheds light on the now-defunct landfill in one of the park’s canyons.

• Marlene Williams takes us through her big backyard: Balboa Park.

• Ruth Hayward relives the process of creating bronze sculptures of several of the park’s earliest cheerleaders.

• Marcos Espinosa, who works in technology in Tijuana, moonlights as a percussionist. He comes to the park on Saturday mornings for his orchestra rehearsal.

I’m Kelly Bennett, reporter for Voice of San Diego. You can reach me directly at kelly.bennett@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.325.0531.

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    Written by Kelly Bennett

    Kelly Bennett is a freelance contributor to Voice of San Diego. You can reach her directly at kelly@vosd.org.

    2 comments
    Judith Swink
    Judith Swink subscriber

    The Moreton Bay Fig Tree at Grape St. btwn 3rd & 4th, was planted in front of the long-gone Florence Hotel. It is now Historic Site #53 (City of San Diego), designated in 1971 after having been saved from the axe by history-minded citizens.

    LibraryLover
    LibraryLover

    The Moreton Bay Fig Tree at Grape St. btwn 3rd & 4th, was planted in front of the long-gone Florence Hotel. It is now Historic Site #53 (City of San Diego), designated in 1971 after having been saved from the axe by history-minded citizens.

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