San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders has been quite the optimist about what the city will be able to do in coming years. It will build a new Convention Center (perhaps the most expensive facility it has ever built). It could build a new City Hall. Maybe a stadium.
But it won’t be able to help Balboa Park. That’s what the mayor declared during a sunny press conference Sept. 14 in the middle of that park.
“The city simply doesn’t have the resources to provide the level of care that this magnificent park deserves,” Sanders said.
Admissions about the state of the city rarely get more jarring than that.
But the press conference wasn’t meant to be depressing. The mayor was there to offer a solution: The city may not be able to take care of the park. The nice men and women standing behind him that day would.
It was the climax of three pieces of news about Balboa Park that came this summer. And in coming years, these three issues will change the park forever.