SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – It has been under construction for over 30 years and now the section of Balboa Park known as Palisades Plaza is in the process of modernizing.
Roger Showley, the chairman of the Committee of Hundred, which has partnered with the city to renovate this neighborhood, said on Thursday getting here was no easy task.
âA giant parking lot was built in that space, that’s what many of us called Balboa Park’s ugly stepsister,â Showley joked.
But, Showley said, through blood, sweat, tears and donations, they were able to begin to fix it. They repainted the automobile museum and created artistic ceramic tiles for the entrance.
Work has also been carried out at the municipal gymnasium, where a bronze panel is being built which will cover the entrance. What was once a place to park has now become a place for people to congregate.
City leaders paid a visit Thursday to see all of the recent changes to Balboa Park.
âFor many of you who have been here on the weekend. You have seen a hive of activity of people, families, people enjoying this space. Of course, we hope that these visitors will begin to migrate to the Air and Space Museum, the Automobile Museum and the Comic-Con Museum which will open soon, âsaid the Mayor of San Diego. , Todd Gloria.
Other planned improvements for Balboa Park include repaving Balboa Drive, landscaping projects at the Natural History Museum and a $ 4 million rehabilitation of the historic Bud Kearns Pool at Morley Field which is currently underway.
The Comic-Con Museum also opens next week, just in time for this year’s scaled-down version of Comic-Con.
Nearby attractions are also part of the overall upgrades, including construction underway at the former San Diego Zoo petting zoo and the recently reopened Heikoff Giant Dome theater at the Fleet Science Center.
Other recent upgrades and plans underway include:
- The botanical building will undergo a complete reconstruction, with construction starting in January, to restore the iconic structure to its original 1915 grandeur.
- The Timken Museum is currently under construction with building improvements that will improve the visitor experience
- Nine new international cottages, consisting of four duplexes and a stand-alone building, were completed in August 2021 to provide housing for the nations of Chamorros, India, Peru, Panama, Philippines, Mexico, India and Palestine.
- Observation deck completed last spring at Moreton Bay Fig Tree, 106 years old
- The Casa del Prado will be rehabilitated, including the restoration of its beloved ornamentation and other building improvements