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Plans Announced For 2015 Balboa Park Centennial

Above: The North Fountain in Balboa Park's Plaza de Panama.

Evening Edition

Aired 6/19/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Adam Burke, Autonomy, company producing the centennial celebration

Phil Green, Autonomy


Mayor Bob Filner has called the 2015 Balboa Park centennial a "once-in-a-lifetime celebration the entire world will remember." It may be a high bar to set for the Balboa Park Centennial Committee given shake ups at the top earlier this year and flaps over Tourism Marketing District contributions. But now, city officials say the plans for the big event are in place.


Balboa Park 2015 Vision Video

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DonWood | June 19, 2013 at 2:19 p.m. ― 3 years, 9 months ago

Glad to hear that nobody is planning on trying to build any big new buildings on public parkland in the park for this event. Any effort to construct large new structures in the park would tie the effort up in environmental reviews and might slow down the planning process. Hopefully the planning consultants will recruit the Committee of One Hundred and other local organizations that have supported the park for over a century to help plan this effort.

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DonWood | June 20, 2013 at 5:45 p.m. ― 3 years, 9 months ago

By the way, is it just me, or do others find it ironic that San Diego, to plan its own big centennial event, had to go to Los Angeles to find planning consultants? Whatever happened to our long held hatred of all things LA?

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SanDiego2015 | June 26, 2013 at 2:36 a.m. ― 3 years, 9 months ago

San Diego 2015: Celebrating a Century of Creativity, Building Toward a Millennium of Sustainability - advanced over 2 years ago as a framework for the Region and Balboa Park. The inaction of the "Committee" aka Balboa Park Celebration, Inc. and their refusal to collaborate creates bad results.
Water extravangaza on the Bay? Will not happen, as too many environmental agencies have already said no.
"The Roar" will take place Oct. 12th 2013 when The Horseless Carriage Club will fire up their Pre-1916 vehicles and drive the Historic 1915 Point Loma Race Course to Cabrillo National Monument's 100th Birthday Party. FREE to watch and participate!
Will someone hear "The Roar," as Dr. Wegeforth heard a lion roar in 1916 to start the Zoological Society of San Diego?
No need to go to LA - we have International Award Winning Firms based in San Diego.
I will be there October 12 to Start the Race to 2015 - will you?

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