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Uptown to be involved in and impacted by Balboa Park centennial celebration

SAN DIEGO -- Ben Clay, co-chair of the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration host committee, told Bankers Hill business owners and residents the 2015 event will involve them – not just impact them – and will be as big or small as fundraising allows.

“The City Council said they don’t just want a celebration with a sheet cake,” Clay said at the Jan. 21 Bankers Hill Residents meeting. The regular monthly meetings are held at the Inn at the Park, located at 525 Spruce St.

“We understand the relationship of this community being next door to the park,” he said. “We’ve got to be sensitive, not only to our neighbors, but to the park itself.”

Though the scope of the yearlong celebration in 2015 is yet to be determined, it is being planned as a milestone in the City’s history, replete with food, entertainment, parades, exhibit booths and a host of other activities focusing the world’s eyes once again on San Diego.

The Balboa Park 2015 Centennial Celebration website outlines the goals for the host committee, offering a history of the park as well. A century ago, the 1915 Panama-California exposition, considered a “world’s fair,” the site states, was held in Balboa Park. The event celebrated “progress, prosperity and opportunity,” and marked the opening of the Panama Canal as well as San Diego’s role as the first United States “port-of-call for northbound maritime trade.”

Read the full story in San Diego Uptown News, a SDGLN media partner, HERE.