Blue writes: Dear Cosmos, With the 2015 Centennial festivities coming to a close, I am quite the downward dog these days. How do you maintain your cheerful disposition when such an eventful year and important chapter in the Park’s history is ending?
Cosmos: I admit, it’s often difficult to see the doggie dish half full when, let’s face it, our doggie dishes never stay half full for long. But the end of Balboa Park’s Centennial year is no reason to stay down in the dumps. Quite the contrary, just as the famous 1915 Panama California Exposition ushered in a new and thriving period in the Park’s history, 2015 promises to launch us into the next 100 years of exciting developments for the Park and its cultural institutions.
Here are just a few things to look forward to:
Nate’s Point Enhancements — Everyone in our pack will soon be wagging our tails off over the upgrades and new trees coming to San Diego’s most scenic leash-free dog park. Keep an eye on this blogspace for details about all the booty Nate’s Point is receiving as winner of Beneful’s Dream Dog Park Contest.
100 New Trees — Speaking of new trees, as announced in November, the San Diego Foundation has donated 100 new trees to the Park, 40 of which were immediately planted on the West Mesa. Look for more prime sniffing spots in the coming year as Balboa Park continues to add sustainable landscaping across its 1,200-acre campus.
Organ Pavilion Upgrade — The Spreckels Organ Pavilion will soon reclaim its status as leader of the pack and world’s largest outdoor pipe organ. Thanks to the success of its Centennial year Drive for 5,000 campaign, the Spreckels Organ Society can finally add the Chrommorne and Humana Vox pipe ranks, turning that organ in Kufstein, Austria, into just another ankle-biter.
Botanical Building Renovations — Plans are underway for a massive restoration of one of the most visited and photographed structures in San Diego. Once complete, it will bring the iconic building back to its original splendor and help ensure it will survive another 100 years of selfie-snapping tourists.
International Cottages Additions — Also in the planning stages, nine of my favorite world cuisines are slated to get a permanent home in a new cottage space. Park visitors will eventually be greeted at open houses hosted by Mexico, India, the Philippines, Colombia, Lebanon, Palestine, Panama, Peru, and Turkey, alongside the 19 existing cottages.