Friday, Oct. 19 from 2:15 - 5 pm
Commercial Real Estate and the Business of Tourism
Sarah Beckman, Balboa Park Conservancy
Michael Field, San Diego Natural History Museum
Home to more than 16 museums, multiple performing arts venues, gardens, trails, and many other creative and recreational attractions, Balboa Park is popular with locals and tourists alike. With as many as 15 million visitors per year, Balboa Park is big business. This tour will explore the historical context of the 100-year old park and the efforts to renovate the park utilizing public-private land grants and private funding of public spaces. A guided tour of the California Tower at the San Diego Museum of Man will future amazing views of the park and the surrounding city and mountains alike. We’ll also tour the Natural History Museum’s ongoing renovations of the more than 100-year old building while it remains open to the public. The tour bus will let participants experience firsthand a drive through the Plaza de Panama, the center of Balboa Park, while a guide discusses the plans for a new parking garage and traffic flow which has pitted historical enthusiasts against redevelopment visionaries.
Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. This tour is not ADA accessible.
Optional event, not included with a convention registration. Preregistration required by Sept. 13.