Best in USA
Balboa Park one of top six public spaces
Everybody in San Diego knows that 1 Balboa Park is special, but now comes word that the nation's top planners totally agree: They say it's one of the best in public spaces in the country.

In fact, Balboa Park recently was named one of the six best public spaces in America by the American Planning Association. The planners point out that Balboa Park has become the "recreational heart of the city." The group has a "Great Places in America" program that each year honors streets and neighborhoods throughout the country.

Coincidentally, the award comes during the park's 100th anniversary celebration. The park was originally created as the 1915-16 Panama-California Exposition.

Balboa Park is home to the San Diego Zoo and includes museums, gardens, and recreational facilities. The museums are popular with locals and visitors alike and are quite varied.

The park also is a popular place for local events and recreational activities. Its location makes it convenient for downtown city residents and visitors to enjoy.
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