WHAT IT MEANS TO BE AMERICAN
If I had a free Sunday and could spend it anywhere in California, I’d head for Balboa Park in San Diego.
The Golden State has some grand urban parks, from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park to Los Angeles’s Griffith Park to lesser-known beauties like Bidwell Park in Chico. But no other public space in our state offers as many different experiences with as much sunny spectacle as Balboa Park. And the park could become even better if San Diego and the rest of California could figure out how to better support it.
Millions of people across our state and around the world have visited Balboa Park without even realizing it—because they were there only to see our planet’s greatest zoo, which is in the park. But the zoo is only one of a long list of things that makes the place special.
Balboa Park, at nearly 1,200 acres, is bigger ...