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Balboa Park

Balboa Park finds itself back on the most endangered status. The park's historic core—a National Historic Landmark District—is in jeopardy of being altered and damaged forever by an ill-conceived and convoluted automobile-centric project that would cost $80 million and is unfunded. The project would cut through a section of the 1915 Cabrillo Bridge with a massive, concrete freeway off-ramp and new roadways that funnel cars into a parking structure that abuts the 1915 Spreckels Organ Pavilion. Heavy-handed highway engineering would decimate Palm Canyon (which pre-dates 1915) and the assault on lovely Alcazar Garden (1935) would be devastating to one of the park's most significant and popular spaces. In addition, the plan would introduce paid parking into the park that has always been free and open to all. The parking garage, which would net only 230 additional spaces, is not needed because the zoo's large, new garage removed 650 employee parking spaces from public parking areas. This unprecedented parking fee can only lead to paid parking throughout the park. Over $500 million is needed for crucial repairs in the park, yet, instead of addressing these urgent needs, the City is focused on a plan to spend millions on constructing unnecessary and destructive new roads and buildings that will require maintenance and staffing. This is irresponsible fiscal policy and poor management of one of the City's most valuable assets and resources.

Historic photos courtesy Coons Collection; current day photos by Sandé Lollis



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