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

Sarah Beckman, Director of External Relations, Balboa Park Conservancy,, 619 331-1109
Stephanie Thompson Communications,

Special Events:
Sue Varga, Director of Park Activation, Balboa Park Conservancy,, 619 231-9494

For press inquiries regarding the park’s cultural institutions and filming in the park, 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

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)


Reports and Studies

Annual Report 2018 (PDF)

Economic Impact Study Sept. 2017 (PDF)

Cultural Landscape Study 2018 (Full Report)


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

Tomás Herrera-Mishler
President and CEO (PDF)

Sarah Beckman
Director of External Relations (PDF)

Jacqueline HIggins
Director of Planning, Design and Programs


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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