The Balboa Park Conservancy partners with the City of San Diego and works with dozens of park entities to sustain, enhance, and envision a best-in-class park for all visitors and future generations. Our mission-driven projects help rehabilitate the park’s forest, restore and enhance historic buildings and gardens, and activate public spaces for community engagement. 


Press Contacts

Erin Taylor, Communications Coordinator, Forever Balboa Park,, 760-583-1671 (mobile) 619-331-1929 (office)

For press inquiries regarding the park’s cultural institutions, contact Michael Warburton, Director of Parkwide Communications for the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, at

For inquiries regarding Balboa Park December Nights and the city’s Parks and Recreation department, contact Tim Graham, City of San Diego, 

Mission and Boilerplate


To provide expertise, advocacy and resources to envision, enhance and sustain Balboa Park for all visitors in partnership with the City of San Diego and in collaboration with other organizations in the Park and the community.

Our vision for Balboa Park is to be a sustainable, world-class destination where all who visit are inspired, engaged and enriched.


The Balboa Park Conservancy provides expertise, advocacy, and resources to envision, enhance, and sustain Balboa Park for all visitors in partnership with the City of San Diego and in collaboration with other organizations in the Park and the community.


Advocates for the Greater Good of Balboa Park

Press Releases 

03/02/2022: Forever Balboa Park Welcomes First CEO and President (PDF)

12/02/2021: Balboa Park Carousel Designated Historical Resource (PDF)

9/28/2021: Forever Balboa Park Announces National Search for President and CEO (PDF)

7/15/2021: Forever Balboa Park is New Name of Merged Advocacy Groups at Balboa Park (PDF)

4/23/2021: Plant It Forward Goes Virtual to Celebrate New Volunteer Garden Stewards Corps (PDF)

3/24/2021: Friends of Balboa Park, Balboa Park Conservancy Vote in Favor of Merger (PDF)

6/9/2020: Balboa Park Conservancy Welcomes Visitors Back to the Heart of Balboa Park (PDF)

5/1/2020: Balboa Park Conservancy Announces Leadership Change (PDF)

12/12/2019: Balboa Park Conservancy Announces the Suzanne Tawil-Betlach Hospitality Award (PDF)

12/4/2019: Holiday Food Truck Festival Brings Five Full Days of Holiday Cheer to Balboa Park (PDF)

10/29/2019: New Kate Sessions Birthday Celebration in Balboa Park Invites Tree Lovers to ‘Plant It Forward’ (PDF)

10/7/2019: Balboa Park Halloween Family Day Offers San Diego Families a Day Full of Spooky-Good Fun (PDF)

9/20/2019: Balboa Park Conservancy Receives Federal “Save America’s Treasures” Grant for Restoration of the Botanical Building Welcome Gallery (PDF)

9/9/2019: Balboa Park Conservancy Selected to Participate in First-Ever Central Park Conservancy Institute for Urban Parks Partnerships Lab (PDF)

8/1/19: Position Statement on Palisades Area (PDF)

6/3/2019: MEDIA ALERT: Renovation of Kate Sessions’s Historic Cactus Garden in Balboa Park (PDF)

5/6/2019: Food Truck Fridays in Balboa Park Returns May 31 (PDF)

4/5/2019: 2nd Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration Expands to Bring Even More Family-Friendly Fun (PDF)

3/15/2019: Celebrate Spring at Balboa Park’s Spring Fling Food Truck Festival (PDF)

2/11/2019: Conservancy Wins Southwest Airlines National Placemaking Grant (PDF)

2/4/2019: Conservancy Launches Two New Volunteer Programs with National Support (PDF)

1/18/2019: Conservancy Achieves National Recognition as a Points of Light Service Service Enterprise (PDF)

12/5/2018: Holiday Food Truck Festival Brings Five Full Days of Holiday Fun to Balboa Park (PDF)

10/5/2018: Halloween Family Day Marks 10 Years of Offering San Diego Families Spooky Good Fun (PDF)

8/2/2018: MEDIA ALERT: Conservancy and Parks and Recreation to Plant 58 Trees Along 28th Street (PDF)



Annual Report 2019 (PDF)

Annual Report 2018 (PDF)

Economic Impact Study Sept. 2017 (PDF)

Cultural Landscape Study 2018 (Full Report)

Balboa Park Gardens Brochure (PDF)

2019-2020 Visitors Guide to Balboa Park (PDF)


Balboa Park – Iconic View from Lily Pond

Merger Task Force and Governance

Balboa Park – View of Tree Canopy
Photo by Chadwick Gantes

Food Truck Fridays

Food Truck Fridays


Food Truck Fridays

Food Truck Fridays

Halloween Family Day

Botanical Building

Conservancy Volunteers Working in Cactus Garden

Community Tree Planting Golden Hill

 Logos & branding

Subject matter Experts

Sarah Beckman
Director of External Relations (PDF)

Jacqueline HIggins
Director of Planning, Design and Programs

In the News

High School Students Plant New Life in Balboa Park to Commemorate Birthday of Kate Sessions, CBS 8 (11/8/2021)

World of Wonder: The Balboa Park Carousel, KUSI News (10/25/2021)

Balboa Park Groups Merge Ahead of Botanical Building Repairs, San Diego Union-Tribune (7/15/2021)

Spiffed and Fine Tuned, Balboa Park Carousel Reopens after Yearlong Closure, San Diego Union-Tribune (5/29/2021)

Seminal Balboa Park Organizations to Merge, Drew Schlosberg’s Spotlight on the Community Podcast (5/3/2021)

New Observation Deck Gives Closer Look at Balboa Park’s Moreton Bay Fig Tree, 10 News (4/30/2021)

Balboa Park Shakeup: Two Nonprofits to Become One City Partner, San Diego Union-Tribune (3/25/2021)

Someone San Diego Should Know: Joyce Gattas, San Diego Union-Tribune (8/13/2020)

Quarantine Lifts, But Most Balboa Park Attractions Aren’t Ready to Reopen, San Diego Union-Tribune (6/12/2020)

Balboa Park’s Central Mesa Reopens, NBC 7 (6/12 & 6/13/2020)

Parts of Balboa Park Reopen to the Public, 10News (6/12/2020)

‘Heart’ of Balboa Park Reopens, Fox 5 (6/11 & 6/12/2020)

What’s Opening at San Diego Balboa Park This Friday, Times of San Diego (6/10/2020)

Balboa Park’s Main Outdoor Areas to Open on June 12, KUSI News (6/5/2020)

City Accepts $8 Million in State Funding for Restoration of the Botanical Building, San Diego Union-Tribune (2/4/2020)

City Council Votes to Replace Balboa Park Parking Spots with South Palisades Project, KUSI News (2/11/2020)

Food Trucks Get Street Smarts and Do Strategic Planning, NBC7 News (2/11/2020)

Annual Balboa Park Holiday Food Truck Festival Underway, KPBS (12/27/2019)

Opinion: A Dedicated Team Helps San Diego’s Crown-Jewel Park Shine, Times of San Diego (12/26/2019)

Cap off 2019 at Balboa Park’s Holiday Food Truck Festival, San Diego Union-Tribune (12/26/19)

Commentary: How Balboa Park Plays Role in Nurturing Creative Workforce, San Diego Union-Tribune

Public/Private Partnership Helps Balboa Park Advance from Good to Great, Times of San Diego

Counting on San Diego’s Urban Forest, San Diego Downtown News

Balboa Park Beneficiary of $8 Million State Gift to Renovate the Botanical Building, San Diego Union Tribune and Los Angeles Times

Balboa Park, Liberty Station Share $17.6 Million in State Funding for Restorations, Times of San Diego

The Balboa Park Conservancy Brings Volunteers and Resources to Enhance Balboa Park, The Voice of San Diego’s Partner Voices series

Attention Food Truck Connoisseurs! Food Truck Fridays Return to Balboa Park, San Diego Union-Tribune

A Strong Public-Private Partnership Is Essential to Balboa Park’s Future, Times of San Diego

Preserving San Diego’s Architectural Treasures in Balboa Park, KUSI

Balboa Park Trees Are Stressed, But There’s Hope, KPBS

What Is Cinco De Mayo? Where to Celebrate Mexico’s Tradition In America, Newsweek

Volunteers Plant Trees in Balboa Park as Part of ‘Going To Bat For San Diego’ Program, KUSI

Balboa Park Conservancy’s Parkwide Volunteers Programs, KUSI

Thousands Enjoy Holiday Food Truck Festival at Balboa Park, KFMB-TV

Food Truck Fridays Have Come a Long Way in a Short Time, San Diego Entertainer


Certified Service Enterprise 2018 – Points of Light

Best Urban Forestry Educational Project 2018 – San Diego Regional Urban Forests Council

Kaleidoscope Award for Exceptional Governance 2017 – University of San Diego, Nonprofit and Philanthropic Institute 


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