In August of 2010 Mayor Jerry Sanders and Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs announced a plan to eliminate vehicular traffic from Balboa Park’s Plaza de Panama. The estimated $33 million project is intended to restore the Plaza to its original 1915 state by allowing only East-bound traffic across the Cabrillo Bridge and then directing it to a 900-space parking garage to the South of Spreckels Organ Pavilion via a new bypass. Diagrams of the plan can be seen here and here.
Though many have expressed their support for getting rid of the approximately 70 parking spaces within the Plaza, opposition to the proposed plan has continued to gain momentum since the Park Committee held a public discussion on the matter January 8th. At the head of this opposition is the Save our Heritage Organization, arguing that while restoring it to its intended purpose is a good idea, this plan would require dramatically altering other areas of the park, and damaging landscapes and views of the park from the South.
What are your thoughts? We encourage you to check out both sides of the issue and tell us what you think.
Ban cars from park bridge, public says; Roger Showley, SignOnSanDiego 1/8/11
Zoo questions parking solution for Plaza de Panama; Roger Showley, SignOnSanDiego 12/22/10
Plaza Plan for Park Unveiled; Roger Showley, SignOnSanDiego, 8/31/10
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