Balboa Park Memories
KPBS is collecting your Balboa Park memories as the city marks the 100th anniversary of Balboa Park's 1915 Panama-California Exposition. Share yours here: Tell us about your Balboa Park memory
The ceremony was one of many happening simultaneously across U.S. during WWII
Maurice Young was the 3,000th man to enlist in the Navy in San Diego following the attack at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. He was one of 93 enlistees sworn in at the Balboa Park Spreckels Organ Pavilion on June 7, 1942, six months after the attack.
My son and I love visiting Balboa Park during summer days to explore the butterfly garden, botanical gardens and outdoor spaces of the park.
In the summer of 1993, Karl Flores decided to explore his creative side and interned at the Starlight Bowl.
In the mid-'80s, in my late teens, I thought landscape architecture might be something I'd like to do so I enrolled in a trees class at Mesa College. Our trips to Balboa Park were my favorite sessions — where we were introduced to all the glorious trees living there.
I love Balboa Park so much I had to get married there. My husband and I were married at the chapel at the San Diego Museum of Man and had a small dinner reception at The Prado.
Maureen and I were married June 20,1977, in Balboa Park. We had a budget of about $200 for the entire affair.
We found one of the best dogs we have ever had, Roscoe, at an adoption event in Balboa Park. Roscoe loved Balboa Park's dog parks, joined us for organ concerts and most of all, he loved to wade in the fountain by the (Reuben H.) Fleet theater.
Thearle's Piano Festival took place at Balboa Park's Starlight Theatre. It involved children of different age groups playing on 100 pianos on live television.
My husband loved to ride the Balboa Park Carousel as a child. His mother met and fell in love with the man running the carousel and later got married in Balboa Park. We followed in their footsteps and also married in the park.
The San Diego Museum of Art continually fills me with wonder, and simultaneously moves me to focus deeply on each exhibition.
I am lucky enough to have many, many wonderful memories of Balboa Park, as I spent much of my childhood in San Diego — and even worked at the Museum of Man as an adult — but one of the most vivid is of going to see plays at the Starlight Bowl.
As a child, I longed to take tap dancing classes, but my family couldn't afford them. When I was 46, I started taking beginning tap at Balboa Park, and a whole new world opened up to me.
It's truly a city treasure, and I always leave knowing something I didn't know before I came.
Allison and I have been together for four years, and I knew that I wanted to propose to her in a very special and unique way.
These memories include visiting the park as a child, getting married in the Japanese Botanical Garden and taking my sons to the park.
When I saw the wishing well at The Prado I thought, "I'm going to get married here someday. Just have to find the guy."