A Message from Tomás Herrera-Mishler, Conservancy President & CEO

For such a young organization, the Balboa Park Conservancy has made incredible impact executing mission-driven initiatives. While this is something to be proud of, it’s really YOU I’m most grateful for.

We now have more than 90 members in our Conservator’s Circle—individuals who believe in our data-driven, collaborative process and have made a minimum commitment to give $1,000+ for 5 years or more. This allows us to plan for and commit to large, priority park projects.

Many of you signed up to be our sustaining donors—giving a gift every month. This kind of support allows us to be flexible and take on new opportunities that make Balboa Park better—like accepting an AmeriCorps VIP Fellow. Hundreds more of you have given to the Conservancy this year, helping us provide important resources to the park.

I believe that philanthropy plays a critical role in achieving the greater good for Balboa Park. We look forward to the coming year, with meaningful improvements to the Rose Garden, Alcazar Garden, park signage, and the visitor experience, just to name a few.

A strong foundation has been laid for the future of the park, and this is due to YOU. Many thanks to all of our donors, volunteers, the Board of Trustees, Parks and Recreation, our many partners, and our staff.

With gratitude,


P.S. Read on for examples of the impact you helped us achieve!


Your Impact

The Balboa Park Conservancy invests resources and expertise in park priorities and mission-driven programs in partnership with the City of San Diego and in collaboration with key stakeholders. You’ve helped us achieve the following:

  • Established more than 385 trees over the past two years—and we’re still planting more for Tree Balboa Park, a 500-tree, $750K+ initiative.
  • Completed the first comprehensive Tree Inventory for Balboa Park since 1998, providing data to Parks and Recreation and the public via San Diego Tree Tracker, a GIS-based tree map tool.
  • Completed a Signage Inventory, convened stakeholders, and worked with experts to develop a revised Signage & Wayfinding Plan to enhance visitor accessibility.
  • Completed phase one of Balboa Park’s first Cultural Landscape Report, an important baseline document designed to support informed decision-making for park planning.
  • Convened the community and key stakeholders on important park issues at biannual public meetings.
  • Recruited, managed, and retained more than 120 volunteers, providing Balboa Park visitors a positive park experience.
  • Completed plans for the Botanical Building and Gardens restoration.
  • Completed a Balboa Park Benefits Study—an economic impact report showing the comprehensive value of Balboa Park.
  • Invested in Plaza de Panama placemaking enhancements with the City of San Diego and Project for Public Spaces.
  • Worked with Parks and Rec to create plans and secured funding to improve the Palisades Shuttle Stop.
  • Developed plans and secured funding for Nate’s Point improvements.
  • Collaborated with park partners on the restoration of the Cabrillo Bridge lights.
  • Secured funding to update/reprint the Balboa Park Gardens brochure.
  • Collaborated with park stakeholders and Parks and Recreation to expand and host FREE community events for more than 300,000 visitors: Food Truck Fridays, Halloween Family Day, Holiday Food Truck Festival, Cinco de Mayo, Fiesta Botanica.
  • Served more than 515,000 visitors last year at the Balboa Park Visitors Center and expanded our tour services with trained volunteers to support the Balboa Park Rangers.
  • Built a sustainable giving program—growing from 23 to 1,200 donors in just four years (2014–2018).
  • Launched two new parkwide volunteer initiatives: Park Ambassadors and Balboa Park Tree Stewards.
  • Secured $176K and are planning improvements for the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden.


Recurring Gift Donors 2018

 We are especially grateful to the following individuals and organizations who have pledged their recurring support, either monthly or annually, to the Balboa Park Conservancy.

J.D. Abercrombie
Jeanette Barrack
Diane & Dick Beckman
Marsha A. Bedwell
Vivienne Bennett
Laurie Black
Indra & Paul Bowers
Paul Bowers
George Cameron
Augustine (Gus) Chavez
Steve Cologne
Roger Conlee
Charlene Dackerman
Doug & Alice Diamond
Michael & Heather Dietsch
Kay Difrancesca
Marianne Ericsson
Bobbi Hardiman
Sy John Iverson
Wesley Jones
Jeff & Lindsey Kent
Kimberly Ketron
Leslie S. Klein
Russell Lail
Rachel Laing
Bob Laurence & Susan White
Martin Levine
Michael Madsen
Lisa Mann
Sue Marberry
Julianne & Gregory Markow
Robert & Ardelle Matthews
Brian Matthews
Barbara Metz
Mary Mitchell
Kotaro Nakamura
Tavette Neskorik
Sandy Perlatti
Lynn Rasic
Anne & Bob Rast
Mary M. Rathbun
Victoria & Tom Reed
Grant Reeder & Scott Williford
John & Bonnie Rush
Craig Scott
Bonnie Scott
Patricia F. Smith
Dave Smith
Linda Caballero Sotelo
Spurlock Landscape Architects
Ellen Starr
Susan & Jonathan Stein
Jean Stein
Glee Thomson
Terry Williams
Jeraldine Young Oborn & Barbara Alderson


List updated 12/29/2018