The committee’s current focus is the West Mesa of Balboa Park, now known for the Sixth Avenue playground, Redwood Bridge Club, San Diego Chess Club, Lawn Bowling, and Nate’s Point Dog Park.

This portion of Balboa Park was originally the grand entrance to the park from downtown. Few people realize it is one of the most historic sections of Balboa Park.

Kate Sessions’ commercial plant nursery was located here and in 1902, well before the 1915 Panama-California Exposition the professional landscape designer from New York City named Samuel B. Parsons Jr. was hired to design it and much of the Parson’s plans for this part of the park can still be seen today, if you know where to look.

For a 2017 HALS Team Update click here.