Balboa Park Heritage Association

Please Join Balboa Park Heritage Association ["BPHA"] as a Member, Supporter and Volunteer now and support our Park advocacy, free Park tours, use of Sponsored Social Media and other communications tools to ensure our Park's secure future.  Come "Love Balboa Park" (c) with us !

The City is now proposing leasing 25.5 acres of dedicated Park Lands in the Inspiration Point area of Balboa Park for hotels,retail stores,restaurants and other commercial development.  The objective is "to make the Park self-sustaining".

This bone-headed concept must be defeated. Parks are PARKS, not lands to generate income via non-Park uses.

We do not expect our beaches streets,sidewalks libraries,police and fire departments to pay for themselves.  Why should we ruin Park Lands in this foolish pursuit of "win-win, public-private" foolishness?

YOU supported our Park Advocacy that helped kill the dreaded Jacobs Plan to disfigure the Cabrillo Bridge ,construct an ugly paid parking garage in the core of the Park and Paid Parking throughout Balboa Park. YOUR kind support and volunteer efforts were spectacularly successful. Tragically ,the Jacob's threat is Zombie-like, not yet dead. Candidate for mayor Todd Gloria in an April 2019 speech said he still supported this awful plan,and "if elected would work to resurrect  it."

His opponent, Barbara Bry , opposes and will continue to oppose Jacobs.

We will work to publicize these dramatically different positions so Park Lovers may be well-informed donors and voters in the Mayoral race. 

We must aggressively defend,protect and properly maintain every square inch of our Balboa Park.  If we fail to do so, politicians will give it away.

We now have monthly Member meetings in the Puppet Theater in the Park. Generally the last Tuesday evening of each month.

Balboa Park Heritage Association and others will sponsor the Fund the Park Ballot Initiative for 2022 ,increasing the Hotel Tax to provide a permanent dedicated income stream for the Park to repair, restore, maintain and preserve its historic beauty for the next generations. 

You may help by donating here, and by volunteering at

Thank you !

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