Volunteers work in Balboa Park as part of its Heart of the Community program. Photo courtesy of Balboa Park Conservancy

Volunteers work in Balboa Park as part of its Heart of the Community program. Photo courtesy of Balboa Park Conservancy

The Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community program, in partnership with Project for Public Spaces, announced that it awarded a national grant to the Balboa Park Conservancy. Along with placemaking technical assistance, this support will be used to help further transform Balboa Park’s public spaces into thriving community gathering places. The grant is valued at $50,000 and is in the form of a Placemaking Visioning Workshop.

Balboa Park Conservancy CEO Tomás Herrera-Mishler said “this workshop gives us the opportunity to envision the best ways we can share Balboa Park experience with our community and our visitors from around the world.”

Herrera-Mishler said the workshop will gather broad-based input to ensure that many voices are heard. “Convening this creative placemaking workshop helps us advocate for the greater good in Balboa Park, he said.”

Elena Madison, vice president of project for public spaces said: “This effort aims to lay the foundation of a parkwide framework for collaboration and program planning for the vast network of park partners.” By creating a greater sense of the park’s impact and importance, the Balboa Park Conservancy hopes to build community buy-in and locate new resources to improve the park. Visit balboaparkconservancy.org.