The coming year promises lots of conversations about Balboa Park funding and needs, plus some new projects.
A Christmas tree made of spray paint cans, the hidden role of nonprofit boards in buoying the arts scene and more in our weekly roundup of the region’s arts and culture news.
The Cabrillo Bridge is a nationally significant structure and any bypass bridge that connects to it should be held to the same standard of design excellence set a century ago.
The City Council will vote Monday on a plan that counts on the success of its first foray into paid parking at Balboa Park.
Measures to keep San Diego High in Balboa Park and to speed investments in regional park passed despite unexpected objections.
Measure J would make significant park improvements, restore historic buildings and ensure environmental protections in the city’s largest and most-used parks. And the best part is it will make more than $1.5 billion available for our parks without raising taxes.
Measure J will help the city care for and preserve its beautiful parkland and open space for future generations.
Measure I is about whether to allow San Diego High to remain in Balboa Park, forcing voters to choose between education and recreation. But there could be another choice.
Some Mission Bay Park supporters worry Measure J, a city ballot measure meant to expedite regional park projects, could slow investment there and open the door to more commercial development. Staffers for Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who’s pushing the measure, say neither is true.
Very few signs lead visitors to Balboa Park, and no monuments let visitors know once they’ve arrived. Visitors are often unaware of parking or trams that are available, and have trouble finding amenities like bathrooms, trails and museums. Two leading park advocacy groups and outside experts are convinced better signs could chip away at more prominent complaints about park accessibility.