Balboa Park is known as San Diego’s crown jewel. Maintaining it takes a lot of work.
The nearly 150-year-old park and those who care for it face significant challenges in ensuring the park remains the iconic destination it is today.
Some of the park’s beloved trees have fallen prey to the drought, recent storms and old age. Many of the park’s historic facilities are crumbling and in need of repairs. And one of the top architects of some of the city’s long-range plans for the park estimates about half of them remain unfulfilled – and unfunded.
Here’s a breakdown of five of the biggest challenges confronting Balboa Park.