‘The newly merged Balboa Park Conservancy will work to keep Balboa Park magnificent’
SAN DIEGO - The Balboa Park Conservancy has merged with Balboa Park Central, the two sides announced today. The merged organization will operate under the name of The Balboa Park Conservancy. Conceptualized in early 2013, the two organizations worked together under an “Intent to Merge” agreement for the past year. The merger was finalized on July 1, 2014.
“Working on behalf of the entire Park, the newly merged Balboa Park Conservancy will work to keep Balboa Park magnificent by sustaining and enhancing its beauty and its historic, cultural and recreational character for the enduring enjoyment of all,” said Carol Chang, Conservancy Board President.
Established in 1923 and operating the historic House of Hospitality since 1937, Balboa Park Central’s focus for the last 91 years has been on visitor experience, marketing the Park and collaborative programs. Formed in 2011, the Conservancy works to help the City maintain and beautify the park.
“As a merged entity our combined resources can play an important role in working with the City of San Diego in maintaining this beloved park,” said Lynne Kennedy, Central Board Immediate Past President.
The focus of the Conservancy will continue to be contained within its defining goals: sustainability, accessibility and possibility. Specifically, with its commitment to enhancing the visitor experience throughout the park, The Conservancy will continue to operate its current programs, and combined with Central’s programs will include the Balboa Park Visitors Center; Balboa Park Marketing; Balboa Park Family Days; Balboa Park December Nights; and the identification of restoration and enhancement projects within the park – its first such major project is the restoration of the Botanical Building, anticipated to be completed in 2015.
“The Conservancy looks forward to working in partnership with the City of San Diego, the City’s Park and Recreation Department, Balboa Park stakeholders and surrounding communities to ensure that Balboa Park is one of the best urban parks in the country,” Chang said.
For more, go to: balboapark.org/conservancy
Contact: Carol Chang, (619) 331-1920
About The Balboa Park Conservancy: The Balboa Park Conservancy is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization responsible for raising funds, developing public-private partnerships and collaborating with Balboa Park stakeholders to implement capital projects, address deferred maintenance needs and seek solutions to accessibility needs in the Park. We operate as partners with the City, which owns Balboa Park and with other Park stakeholders to carry out our mission.