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I’m Happier When I’m At Balboa Park

Photo caption: Liz and Gil Kennedy stand in front of the Museum of Man after they were marri...

Photo credit: Courtesy of Liz Kennedy

Liz and Gil Kennedy stand in front of the Museum of Man after they were married at the chapel in the museum, May 29, 2005.

Growing up in the neighborhood of Golden Hill a lot of the best memories of my life took place at Balboa Park.

I rode the train, the carousel (which I believe goes faster than any carousel I've ever been on) and the "butterflies" countless times. I would climb "the big tree" near the San Diego Natural History Museum and pretend I would live there some day. I played in the fountain, had ice cream at the snack shack. Spent hours at the botanical gardens sitting and reading. My favorite museum as a child was the San Diego Museum of Man (and the ladies who made tortillas on the weekends). The memories are endless.

Photo caption: Liz and Gil Kennedy stand in front of the altar in the Museum of Man chapel, ...

Photo credit: Courtesy of Liz Kennedy

Liz and Gil Kennedy stand in front of the altar in the Museum of Man chapel, May 29, 2005.

I love Balboa Park so much I had to get married there. My husband and I were married at the chapel at the Museum of Man and had a small dinner reception at The Prado. That was 10 years ago this past May. We continue to make memories with our children. It will always be a special place to me.

I've asked my husband if I pass before he does to sprinkle some of my ashes throughout the park in all of my favorite places. Hopefully that won't happen for a few more decades, but it has been and will always be a special place. I'm happier when I'm there.

KPBS is collecting your Balboa Park memories as the city marks the 100th anniversary of Balboa Park's 1915 Panama-California Exposition.

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