Balboa Park Conservancy Struggling to Deliver on Its Signature Project
• The Balboa Park Conservancy envisioned a nearly $3 million, donor-backed restoration of the iconic Botanical Building that would be finished before the 2015 Centennial Celebration. The effort was billed as the fledgling group’s foundational project – something that would prove its mettle as the park’s chief fundraiser.
• Now, more than two years in, the group reports it’s raised just $457,000. The rust and cracks continue to fester – and the group’s still working to build its track record.
Photo by Jamie Scott Lytle
The Balboa Park Conservancy, led by CEO Tomas Herrera-Mishler, wants to raise millions of dollars to upgrade the iconic Botanical Building and its surroundings.
The Botanical Building in Balboa Park is one of the city’s most photographed icons.
But look closely and you’ll see it’s falling apart. Some of the wood framing on its domed roof is popping off and splitting. The water feature on the west side of the building’s been out of commission for years. Rust lurks behind elaborate plant displays.