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Balboa Park Conservancy, Central merge

The Balboa Park Conservancy and Balboa Park Central have merged, and the new organization will operate under the name The Balboa Park Conservancy.

Conceptualized in early 2013, the two organizations worked together under an "Intent to Merge" agreement for the past year. The merger was finalized on July 1.

"Working on behalf of the entire park, the newly merged Balboa Park Conservancy will work to keep Balboa Park magnificent by sustaining and enhancing its beauty and its historic, cultural and recreational character for the enduring enjoyment of all," said Carol Chang, Conservancy Board president.

Established in 1923 and operating the historic House of Hospitality since 1937, Balboa Park Central’s focus for the last 91 years has been on visitor experience, marketing the park and collaborative programs. Formed in 2011, the conservancy works to help the city maintain and beautify the park.

"As a merged entity our combined resources can play an important role in working with the city of San Diego in maintaining this beloved park," said Lynne Kennedy, Central Board immediate past president.

The conservancy will continue to operate its current programs, and combined with Central’s programs will include the Balboa Park Visitors Center, Balboa Park Marketing, Balboa Park Family Days, Balboa Park December Nights, and the identification of restoration and enhancement projects within the park. Its first such major project is the restoration of the Botanical Building, anticipated to be completed in 2015.

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