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Mayor gets ready for 2015 Balboa Park Centennial

The new walker's Plaza de Panama will be a San Diego celebration center during the 2015 Balboa Park Centennial Celebration.
The new walker's Plaza de Panama will be a San Diego celebration center during the 2015 Balboa Park Centennial Celebration.Adam Benjamin

At a public gathering in Balboa Park, Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Councilman Todd Gloria, on Friday, told San Diegans they will have a 2015 centennial celebration that covers the grounds and historic institution locations on the acres in the city's big park.

Work on the year long celebration done over the past years with the Balboa Park Conservancy, and the city's citizens, created the grand celebration plan.

“The 2015 celebration is going to be about getting San Diegans to fall in love with Balboa Park all over again and making park improvements that will last for generations to come,” Faulconer said. “We will celebrate 100 years of Balboa Park and then, by working together, focus our efforts on making Balboa Park magnificent for the next 100 years.”

An opening event will come in December this year. Before the celebration ends in late 2015, the city will host celebration during Spring and Fall. Over the year, the over 1,000 programs at Balboa Park's cultural institutions will be highlighted.

“We look forward to showcasing all that Balboa Park has to offer and remind San Diegans that there is something fun, interesting and exciting going on in the park every day of the year,” said the board president of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, Deborah Klochko.

The city's partners on the big project still have work to get done. SDG&E will install lights that light up the Balboa Park pathways at night. The energy efficient light installations are designed to open up the range in the park San DIegans can visit, and enjoy, at night.

Work on expanding the park landscaping is part of the work the centennial team pledged to San Diegans.

City officials plan ongoing meetings with the conservancy to settle the full celebration plan. The city will keep the public up to date on the 2015 Balboa Park Centennial Celebration.

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