Projects and Accomplishments
Plaza de Balboa Smartscaping
Center for H20 Experience
THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST IN THE FRIENDS OF BALBOA PARK WATER-WISE INITIATIVE!
The Friends of Balboa Park published A Roadmap to Water-wise Parkland in Balboa Park: Optimizing Water Use by 2020 – A Call to Action in May, 2012 and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Everyone understands the concept of working together to make our Park's water use more sustainable, so it can be enjoyed by generations to come. The fact that some of these projects are already generating tangible results and making a difference is exciting! You can download and read the Roadmap right from this page by clicking Final Report PDF above.
As you know, the U.S. is suffering its worst drought in 50 years, and water has never been more precious. Here in San Diego, Balboa Park faces significant resource constraints. As a living system, its parkland depends on water, and we live in a desert. In this drought-plagued century, how can we preserve and enhance our crown jewel for our children and their descendants?
The Friends of Balboa Park have a plan: it's called the Roadmap because it's a living document, driven by a team of caring stakeholders dedicated to its mission.
Goals of Friends of Balboa Park's Program for a Water-wise Parkland
- Optimize water use in the parkland by 2020. "Parkland" means the space outside the buildings/physical infrastructure. "Water-wise" means optimizing the use of water, thereby making the Park more environmentally sustainable while keeping it healthy and fit for appropriate human uses. Decisions about the optimal use of water are based not only on reducing water use but also on the systemic impacts of water use on other natural resources such as air, energy, soil, re-use/recycling of materials, etc. Understanding the Park as a living system of nature will inform water-wise projects by recognizing interdependencies and potential synergies among natural resources.
- Contribute significantly toward making Balboa Park an internationally recognized best practice in water use.
- Make Balboa Park an internationally recognized best practice in use of the collaborative Community of Practice model to achieve these goals.
- Establish and operate the Friends of Balboa Park Center for H2O Experience to support the three goals above through eco-tourism and eco-education for visitors, students, and staff. This will expand the impact of the water-wise projects in the park by having people also apply them in their homes and communities.
The Friends of Balboa Park Water-wise Community of Practice has five sub-communities:
- Water Delivery - This sub-community works to increase efficiency of water usage by testing and implementing state-of-the-art water delivery infrastructure, including pipes, valves, measuring devices, and irrigation systems that reduce water use. It also is dedicated to capturing other sources of water, especially from within the park, to replace the potable water that has traditionally been used throughout the park for irrigation, hardscape cleaning, and other outdoor purposes.
- Eco-tourism and Eco-education
- Program Management
The projects are grouped into three phases:
- Short Term (2012/13)
- Mid Term (2014/15)
- Long Term (2016-20)
The Roadmap will play a role in the Park's 2015 centennial celebration of the 1915 Panama – California Exposition, and beyond, leaving an environmentally sustainable legacy for future generations. Projects described in the Roadmap will employ Smartscaping to use water wisely, map the water infrastructure and document water usage, employ improved irrigation, and create the Balboa Park Center for H2O Experience, a worldwide hub for ecotourism and eco-education – all under the auspices of the Friends of Balboa Park.
Won't you join us? It's never been a more exciting time to share your passion, your skills and your valuable time. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.