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Balboa Park lily pond restoration completed

SAN DIEGO -- Elected officials and civic leaders joined the public in celebrating the completion of repairs, restoration and renovation to Balboa Park’s lily pond on Monday, Feb. 25, highlighting the city’s ability to collaborate and unite over a common cause.

"The real story here is not necessarily the upgrade of the lily pond, but how San Diegans came together to pitch in for a beloved community asset that was threatened," Council President Todd Gloria said at the 9:30 a.m. event. Balboa Park is in the City’s third district, which Gloria represents.

"It’s a reflection of how passionate San Diegans are about their park and what can be accomplished when that passion is translated into the act of giving,” Gloria said. “The lily pond is restored because of the collective improvement of the greater community."

The pond was damaged Aug. 12, 2012 after a group estimated to be between 1,000 and 2,000 people met in the park at night for a water-gun fight. What was scheduled as a fun event turned into one that caused extensive damage to the lily pond, after several people got into the pond and surrounding flowerbeds.

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