Pete Wheeler looks at the mounds of trash in a forgotten corner of Balboa Park and sees a potential sanctuary.
Wheeler, a wealth manager who lives in Point Loma, wants to build an elaborate 40-acre peace garden on the former Arizona Landfill plot, which has been filled with rows of city trucks and fields of yellow wildflowers and grass since the landfill shuttered more than three decades ago.
“It frankly is a disgrace to such a beautiful city,” said Wheeler, who’s been quietly pushing the project for more than a year.
Wheeler envisions 12 spiritually themed gardens, a large meeting center, an outdoor amphitheater and a space for at-risk youth programs. He wants to call it the World Peace Sanctuary San Diego and have several religious groups maintain the gardens.