posted on: 01/07/2015 - 10:45am by Cosmos
With such highly publicized improvements throughout Balboa Park to welcome visitors to 2015’s Centennial Celebrations, including those to the Cabrillo Bridge, the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, the Plaza de Panama, and the lighting throughout the Central Mesa, I wouldn’t blame the Balboa Park Visitors Center for feeling like the runt of the litter (I know I would).
But it doesn’t take a dog’s keen senses to immediately recognize the remarkable transformation that’s taken place right under everyone’s nose. The Balboa Park Visitors Center has gone from being one of the pet-friendliest venues in the Park to being the most human-friendly one as well.
Visitors will immediately notice that a much larger information counter has taken over the entire west end of the center, allowing more people to be helped by more volunteers at the same time. This will help ensure that visitors aren’t any later for the park tour they came in late looking for.
But this larger counter doesn’t mean everything else has been squished into a smaller space, like a Great Dane inside a Chihuahua’s pet carrier. Quite the contrary. The rest of the Visitors Center has a much more open and spacious feel, giving me hope that it will one day be named Balboa Park’s fourth leash-free dog park. At the very least, it's much easier for me to find what I came in for: candy bars, energy drinks, and potato chips.
Other enhancements to the Visitors Center include new cash register and jewelry counters, restored hardwood floors, new ceiling fans, and a fresh coat of paint.
Though it’s much quicker now for visitors to get in and out of the Visitors Center with the information or souvenir they came in looking for, they are just as likely to stay and chill out for a while.