Balboa Park


Court paves way for Balboa Park redo

A state appellate court on Thursday cleared the way for San Diego to reshape the roads and parking lots at Balboa Park, overturning a two-year-old ruling that had blocked a redesign proposed by Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs and the Plaza de Panama Committee that he headed.


Gloria defends Balboa Park funding

Responding to criticism from Balboa Park support groups, San Diego City Councilman Todd Gloria last week said the city has spent $62 million over the past several years to spruce up the park for the centennial anniversary of 1915's Panama-California Exposition.


Balboa Park hopes 100th birthday will bring repairs

It's been almost 100 years since former president Theodore Roosevelt stood on the platform at the brand new Spreckels Organ Pavilion and made what he called "an earnest plea" to San Diego.


Revitalized Plaza de Panama unveiling

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Visitor Information

Thanks to the foresight of its early settlers, San Diego is blessed with an oasis of green that functions as its recreational heart.  Balboa Park, located just east of downtown and the airport began as an 1,400 acre track set aside as a public park in 1865.  The first master plan was prepared in 1903 and the city levied a tax in 1905 to support the master plan.  The grounds were planted by Kate Sessions during the early part of the 20th century.  Her determination to keep San Diego green can be seen in its lush plantings and trees.

Many of the buildings in the park date to the 1915-1916 Panama-California Exposition and are excellent examples of the Spanish Colonial Revival style.  At the time the buildings were not intended for permanent use, but they have remained in constant use since the Exposition.  In recent years as termites and time have taken their toll buildings are being refurbished or rebuilt as exact replicas. The site was also the host of the 1935-36 California-Pacific International Exposition.

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Balboa Park Businesses

Elite Lifestyle Management

2121 Fifth Ave., Ste. 200
San Diego , CA
  • Consultants - Special Events
  • Event - Planning / Production
  • Event Promotion
  • Personal Concierge
  • Private Client Services

McCullough Landscape Architecture Inc

703 16th St., Ste. 100
San Diego, CA
  • Architect - Consultants
  • Construction Consultants
  • Landscape Architects
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Movie Theaters

701 Fifth Ave.
San Diego, CA, 92101
3965 5th Ave. #200
San Diego, CA, 92103
1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA, 92101
1875 El Prado
San Diego, CA, 92101
1788 El Prado
San Diego, CA, 92101

To find a movie theater outside this area, check the Source Movie Section.

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Walk to End Alzheimer's

This is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds Alzheimer's care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. As a recognized partner in the County of San Diego's Live Well San Diego initiativem RESDC is proud to be participating in this event.

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Coming Home to the County Administration Center

The Coming Home to the CAC event invites retired employees of San Diego County to come "back home" to celebrate the County of San Diego Waterfront park, the newest jewel on the bay, have an opportunity to connect with former colleagues and meet and bond with new generations of County employees.
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