On this week’s San Diego Explained, NBC 7’s Monica Dean and Voice of San Diego’s Lisa Halverstadt explain the Panama de Plaza revamp and take a closer look at the groups that want to block it.
The plan to transform Balboa Park’s core was supposed to begin this fall, but is now set for March 2018. The city insists it will happen, yet opponents are just as confident in their efforts to thwart the plan.
The coming year promises lots of conversations about Balboa Park funding and needs, plus some new projects.
The City Council will vote Monday on a plan that counts on the success of its first foray into paid parking at Balboa Park.
Disabled residents say Balboa Park isn’t always an inviting place for people with mobility limitations despite city efforts to improve accessibility. Improving accessibility has been central to discussions about making over Balboa Park’s central mesa.
Parking consultants say addressing Balboa Park’s parking challenges holistically and charging for at least some spots should be the first step.
City officials say a plan to transform Balboa Park’s central mesa could jump to as much as $75 million, far more than the 2012 estimate.
While some support the Plaza de Panama plan for Balboa Park simply because it provides more access for pedestrians, the museums believe all elements – clearing the plazas, increasing parking in the park’s core and maintaining the bridge entrance – are vital. That’s led to broad support among park institutions.
If the money comes in, Balboa Park’s central mesa is poised for a major overhaul.
Readers weigh in on the revival of the controversial plan to get cars out of the Plaza de Panama for good.