Starlight Bowl’s restoration is looking good!

The Starlight Bowl in Balboa Park has been cleaned up and the rear wall brightly repainted. Almost ready for an audience!
The Starlight Bowl in Balboa Park has been cleaned up and the rear wall brightly repainted. Almost ready for an audience!

I walked around the Starlight Bowl today and was super excited to see the progress of its restoration. No weeds and a fresh coat of paint–and a clean, inviting appearance! After years of sorry neglect, what a positive change! Thanks to the folks at Save Starlight and many hardworking volunteers, this beloved outdoor venue in Balboa Park appears well on its way to creating more happy memories!

The weeds are gone and the seats look welcoming. It appears some work is being done on the Starlight Bowl stage. I want to see a performance!
The weeds are gone and the seats look welcoming. It appears some work is being done on the Starlight Bowl stage. I want to see an outdoor performance! Under the stars!

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Help save the historic Starlight Bowl in Balboa Park!

Banner above shuttered box office windows of Balboa Park's vacant, neglected Starlight Bowl asks volunteers to help clean up and save the Starlight!
Banner above shuttered box office windows of Balboa Park’s vacant, neglected Starlight Bowl asks volunteers to help clean up and save the Starlight!

A new effort is underway to save the historic Starlight Bowl! You might recall that I blogged a couple years ago (on my main blog Cool San Diego Sights) about how the beloved outdoor venue and cultural treasure tragically fell into disuse. I still remember watching musicals performed in this wonderful outdoor amphitheater when I was young!

Well, today, while walking through Balboa Park, I spotted something exciting! Here are the photos! A cleanup is scheduled for August 13 and supporters are being sought to help restore the Starlight Bowl to its former glory! Please click the image that contains loads of information–it will enlarge so that you can read it!

Here’s a link to the website SaveStarlight.org where you can learn much more and join the effort!  My calendar is marked for the cleanup day!

Spread the word!

Make a wish for Starlight! Better yet, lend a hand to help restore this Balboa Park and San Diego cultural treasure!
Make a wish for Starlight! Better yet, lend a hand to help restore this Balboa Park and San Diego cultural treasure!
Save Starlight is a community initiative to renovate, revive and revitalize San Diego's beloved Starlight Bowl. This historic open-air amphitheater is stuck in limbo...
Save Starlight is a community initiative to renovate, revive and revitalize San Diego’s beloved Starlight Bowl. This historic open-air amphitheater is stuck in limbo…
Photo over the surrounding wall shows weeds, garbage and disarray at the venerable old Starlight Bowl. Vagrants and youth sometimes jump the fence and run riot in the stage area.
Photo over the surrounding wall shows weeds, garbage and disarray at the venerable old Starlight Bowl. Vagrants and youth sometimes jump the fence and run riot in the now dark stage area.
The San Diego Civic Light Opera went bankrupt four years ago. The Starlight has been abandoned ever since. Many San Diegans have fond memories of watching outdoor theatrical productions here.
The San Diego Civic Light Opera went bankrupt four years ago. The Starlight has been abandoned ever since. Many San Diegans have fond memories of watching outdoor theatrical productions here.
Looking down at a San Diego landmark that is slowly decaying. If you'd like to help restore the Starlight, please spread the word!
Looking down at a San Diego landmark that is slowly decaying. If you’d like to help restore the Starlight, please, please, please spread the word!

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San Diego Dahlia Society beautifies Balboa Park!

Hard-working member of the San Diego County Dahlia Society beautifies Balboa Park!
Hard-working member of the San Diego County Dahlia Society beautifies Balboa Park!

During my walk through Balboa Park yesterday morning, I noticed some folks gardening around the Plaza de Panama fountain. Members of the San Diego County Dahlia Society were planting dahlias! Volunteers from the society have adopted this plot in Balboa Park. I can’t wait to see the flowers blooming!

A bright smile and a small Gloriosa dahlia, which will soon be planted at the Plaza de Panama fountain.
A bright smile and a small Gloriosa dahlia, which will soon be planted at the Plaza de Panama fountain.
The Friends of Balboa Park's Adopt-A-Plot program welcomes gardening volunteers who make the park that much more beautiful.
The Friends of Balboa Park’s Adopt-A-Plot program welcomes gardening volunteers who make this magical place even more beautiful.
The Plaza de Panama fountain plaque, dated 1995.
The Plaza de Panama fountain plaque, dated 1995.
Pots contain young dahlias, ready to be planted around the fountain. I was told by one society member that there are several varieties, that will grow to different sizes.
Pots contain young dahlias, ready to be planted around the fountain. I was told by one society member there are several varieties, that will grow to different sizes.
Unselfishly working to beautify Balboa Park on a sunny Saturday morning in San Diego!
Unselfishly working to beautify Balboa Park on a sunny Saturday morning in San Diego!  Thank you!

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