Current weather

San Diego, CA
Broken clouds
71.6 °F


Sign up to receive the Plaza de Panama email newsletter.

Interested in working at Balboa Park? Take a look at these open positions!  (**Edited 4/30)

Program Coordinator at Balboa Park Learning Institute (BPLI)
The Balboa Park Cultural Partnership is seeking a full-time Program Coordinator to support the Balboa Park Learning Institute initiatives. Please review the position description and qualifications in the attachment below, and follow the instructions to apply(MORE)

Visitor Experience – Assistant Manager at Mingei International Museum
Support management of day-to-day operations at the Museum’s front desk and in The Collector’s Gallery (Museum store), including coordination of all purchasing, providing excellent customer service and assistance with marketing, consignments and displays. (MORE)

Visitor Experience Associate, part-time, temporary at Mingei International Museum
The Visitor Experience Associate is the face of the Museum. The position is a liaison between the public and the Museum’s exhibitions, programming. The position can be located at the front desk or in The Collectors’ Gallery. The position provides exceptional customer service to enhance the visitor experience. The VE Associate must be knowledgeable about all aspects of Museum activities and able to communicate core messages in engaging ways to visitors and potential visitors. (MORE)

CAFÉ MANAGER/BARISTA PRINCIPALE at Mingei International Museum
The Barista Principale will manage daily operations at Café Mingei, located on the Plaza de Panama in beautiful Balboa Park. Duties include vendor relations, staff supervision and customer service, plus management of product quality and overall environment. This is a new, start-up operation and a fantastic opportunity for someone looking to make a difference in a mission-based nonprofit. (MORE)

Executive Assistant at the San Diego Museum of Man
This professional museum position requires a strong verbal and written communicator, an excellent problem solver, and someone who is well-organized, meticulous and tech-savvy. The Executive Assistant is critical in ensuring that the first impression of the museum is of the highest quality. We are seeking someone who is a team-oriented community builder and full of positive, can-do energy. (MORE)

Illusion Specialist at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
Facilitates the interaction of museum visitors and school children with the ILLUSION exhibition and the scientific principles behind it. Experience and interest in magic and sleight of hand welcome. (MORE)

Director of Foundation, Corporate and Government Relations at TheNAT (San Diego Natural History Museum)
This position manages the cultivation, development, submission and stewardship of foundation, corporate and government proposals. In addition, this position is responsible for submitting timely and accurate reports for all existing grants, including progress and final reports. (MORE)

Security Officer(s) - Unarmed, temporary, part time, uniformed at TheNAT
 This is not an entry-level security officer position. Applicant should have two to five years solid security experience, preferably in a cultural institution setting. Related military service and/or previous law enforcement experience will be considered in part to satisfy this requirement. (MORE)

Plaza de Panama Project at 2012 Balboa Park December Nights

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth at Balboa Park December Nights and made this year’s festival so memorable! Just like last year, the project team hosted a booth in the heart of the Plaza de Panama, providing the ideal background for the team to connect with the San Diego community. The project team had a great time sharing information on the construction phases and timeline as well as getting into the holiday spirit with event attendees!

Sign Up for Text Message Updates

If you are interested in received the latest information about the Plaza de Panama project and Balboa Park, be sure to sign up for our new text message service. Text "BALBOA" to 56512 and your mobile number will be added to our list to receive text message updates about project status and parking and access during construction. Please note standard message and data rates apply.

Plaza de Panama Program Manager Makes San Diego Magazine’s “50 People to Watch” List

Every year, San Diego Magazine selects an eclectic mix of 50 San Diegans worth watching in the coming year. Gordon Kovtun, program manager for the Plaza de Panama project, has been named to San Diego Magazine’s “50 People to Watch” list for 2013. Gordon is the Principal of KCM Group, a full-service construction management firm based in San Diego.

Construction Schedule Updated
While construction on the Plaza de Panama Project was scheduled to begin in Fall 2012, the Plaza de Panama Committee has postponed to start of construction until Mid-February 2013 to allow for the resolution of litigation filed by project opponents.  A final hearing has been scheduled for February 1, 2013.  Despite the shorter construction period, the project is still scheduled to be completed in early October 2014, in time for the 2015 Centennial Celebration in Balboa Park. The four construction phases, estimated time frames and areas impacted are described in our construction fact sheet (pdf). We will continue to send out regular construction updates in our enewsletter.

Plaza de Panama Project Participates in Politifest 2012
On Saturday, September 29, the project team participated in Voice of San Diego’s Politifest 2012 at Liberty Station. The event consisted of a fun-filled day of political activism where attendees visited a variety of community booths from innovative local nonprofits, one of which was for the Plaza de Panama project. The project team had a wonderful time sharing new project information and construction updates with hundreds of event attendees. This year’s Politifest also included an exciting mayoral debate, Idea Tournament, kid zone, live music, and great eats!

City Council Approves Plaza de Panama Project Financing Plan
This week the city council voted to approve the financing plan for the Spreckles Organ Pavilion public parking garage. This was an important step required to move the Plaza de Panama project into construction phase. At the city council meeting, Councilmember Todd Gloria noted, “this is a necessary step to fulfill the obligation this council entered into when it approved the project, and it represents the city’s contribution to the overall project.” The Plaza de Panama Committee is grateful to the city council for its continued support, and to all of the city staff members who worked on putting the plan together in such a timely manner.   

Project Team to Participate in Upcoming Politifest
The Plaza de Panama Project team will be hosting a booth again at this year’s Politifest on September 29 from 10 am to 4 pm at Liberty Station. Put on by Voice of San Diego, this one-day festival focuses on civic issues and the future of San Diego, and is free to the public. Event attendees will be treated to a mayoral debate between the candidates, live music by The Blonde Brothers, Kid Zone complete with mini-voter booths, Stone Brewing Co. beer garden and dozens of community booths. Updated project fact sheets and information will be provided at our informational booth. We hope to see you there!

SOHO Announces Lawsuit Over City’s Project Approval

On August 13, Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) filed a lawsuit against the City of San Diego's July 9 approval of the Plaza de Panama project. While disappointing, we are not surprised that SOHO has resorted to litigation once again in a final attempt to impede the project. The Plaza de Panama project was approved after a 2-year democratic process and has been studied more than any project in Balboa Park history. Despite SOHO's lawsuit filing, we are committed to moving forward with reclaiming the park from cars and returning it to the people. Mayor Jerry Sanders issued the following statement in response to the lawsuit filing:

"Once again, SOHO is threatening to harm Balboa Park if it didn’t get its way, by delaying long-needed improvements and holding our 2015 celebration hostage. All San Diegans should be extremely disappointed, as I am, by this narrow-minded special-interest group for trying to kill a project that will only further beautify this great park.”

Construction Update

The Plaza de Panama project team has made great progress with preparations to move the project into the construction phase. Construction will occur in four distinct phases to ensure that two-way vehicle traffic through the park is maintained at all times during construction and safe access to all institutions is provided. Phase one will involve utility relocation to accommodate the new Organ Pavilion parking structure. The four construction phases, estimated time frames and areas impacted are described in our construction fact sheet (pdf). Overall construction on the project is scheduled to conclude in advance of the 2015 Centennial Celebration in Balboa Park. We will continue to send out regular construction updates in our enewsletter.



City Council Approves Plaza de Panama Project

We are excited to share that the San Diego City Council voted yesterday 6-1 to approve the Plaza de Panama project! The vote came after several hours of presentations and testimony by members of the public. This decision is the culmination of nearly two years of public input and review by the City, and represents a significant milestone for Balboa Park. For more than 50 years, planning efforts in the park have sought to reclaim the plazas in the core of the park from cars, yet nothing has moved forward. The Plaza de Panama project will finally accomplish this goal and return more than 6 acres of plazas, promenades and parkland to park visitors. Following in the footsteps of the 1915 and 1935 Expos that created Balboa Park as we know it today, it is a fitting gift for the 2015 Centennial that will be enjoyed for generations to come.

Now that Council has voted to approve the project, the project team will begin preparations to move the project into construction phase. We anticipate that the project will be moving into construction toward the end of the year. Stay tuned for more updates!