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A rope fence installed on September 23 keeps visitors from approaching the Lily Pond in front of the Botanical Building in Balboa Park. “Landscape Renovation Project Under Way,” reads a sign on the fence. “Sorry for any inconvenience.” The new fence protects a freshly planted arrangement of daisies, palms, and cycads at the front of the Lily Pond as well as the grass adjacent to the pond's long, narrow sides.

A ranger with the San Diego Park and Recreation Department said portions of the fence may be permanent but much of it would eventually come down. The ranger said the new arrangement is part of a landscaping overhaul that aims to restore the original look of the gardens surrounding the Botanical Building, which was built in 1915. Organizations including the Friends of Balboa Park, the San Diego Foundation, and the Balboa Park Trust helped fund and organize the project, the ranger said.

The sign on the fence says the project is “Drought Ordinance Compliant.” That message is intended to assuage citizens who might be upset to see the landscaping team watering the new plants generously.

“There’s an establishment period in the existing drought ordinance that allows us to water as needed,” explained a worker at the site. Eventually, the new plants won’t need much water. “Once they get established, the majority of the landscape here is going to be drought-tolerant.”

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Founder Sept. 26, 2010 @ 7:35 a.m.

San Diego is pushing us all to "save" water, which is much different than using water "wisely"! I believe that instead of "just" saving water, San Diego should be building desalinization plants, not more buildings or Stadiums! This would BOTH increase our supply and reduce our cost of water ASAP, instead of just raising rates or turning San Diego into another YUMA.

BTW: Since "our Mayor and City Council really thinks it is "Wise to Save Water"; then they better get real busy, saving every Dollar they can, because that task is almost 20 Million times MORE important for $an Diego!*

Why should we allow our Civic Leaders be "penny wise" and Dollar foolish!

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SurfPuppy619 Sept. 26, 2010 @ 8:55 a.m.

How does the pond look today?? havento been there in a year or two-it was AWFUL back in the late 80's & early 90's, then there were some major donations, a filtering system of some kind was installed and it looked very nice..........certainly on of the top three highlights of the park....

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Founder Sept. 26, 2010 @ 11:37 a.m.

Reply #2 SP, I guess you missed the goof up with the water supply that killed all those wonderful koi fish that were the ponds big draw besides the lilly pads...

Some folks still think there is still something fishy going on in Balboa Park as the City tries to pirate "Park Fees" from the surrounding areas because the City will not "give" that money to the locals for pocket parks and wants them to accept "Park Equivalents" instead...

What we need in Balboa Park (and everywhere else in SD) is Fiscal Tolerant planning instead of Pet Project Planning...

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SurfPuppy619 Sept. 26, 2010 @ 6:15 p.m.

SP, I guess you missed the goof up with the water supply that killed all those wonderful koi fish that were the ponds big draw besides the lilly pads...

Awww...you're kidding me, yes, I missed that. That is awful!

. . . What we need in Balboa Park (and everywhere else in SD) is Fiscal Tolerant planning instead of Pet Project Planning... ============ Lets not limit Fiscal Tolerant Planning to just the park though!

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Founder Sept. 26, 2010 @ 7:22 p.m.

Reply #4 Right on SP

We need a Plan that is not already "Planned to Fail" by our Civic Leaders due to the "fiscal issue's" beyond "their control"...

Here is a novel idea:

Pay our Leader according to their effectiveness at dealing with our Problems!

Save the City big buck and get more pay, as calculated 5 years into the future; do a crummy job get a crummy Pension...

That would hold our Leader's Fiscal "feet to the fire" and make sure they work for US instead of for themselves...

Here is a good example, what do they have to say about this RIP OFF: http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/20...

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