$3M needed to restore Balboa Park Botanical Building

$3M needed to restore Balboa Park Botanical Building


Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 1 58 14 PMSAN DIEGO — Organizers of the Balboa Park Centennial say they need to raise $3 million Plans to refurbish the Botanical Building in time for the celebration.

Officials hope to  raise money  from private donors to complete the project ahead of the 2015 Centennial Celebration of the park.  It’s a tough sell after the recent disbanding of the group that was planning the celebration.

“It is not easy to raise funds in Balboa Park right now,” said Carol Chang, Board President of the Balboa Park Conservancy, the non-profit charged with raising money for park projects.

With the recent disbanding of Balboa Park Celebration, Inc., the group that was planning the celebration, public trust has been shaken.  More than $2.6 million, half of it public money, was spent with little to show for it.  Heavily criticized for secrecy and needing at least $30 million more for the grandiose celebration, the group…

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