Save Our Heritage Organisation Executive Director Bruce Coons said the countywide historic preservation group and many thousands of San Diegans are disappointed by Judge Gregory W. Pollack’s August 8 ruling against SOHO’s environmental challenge to the Plaza de Panama Project in Balboa Park. SOHO and countless citizens oppose the $80 million project because it would irreparably damage the park’s iconic Cabrillo Bridge and century-old historic core with an overpowering freeway-style off-ramp bridge and destructive new roads. SOHO will consider an appeal.
“Only two years ago, San Diego celebrated the centennial of Balboa Park’s historic core, which is renowned worldwide for its cohesive architectural theme, historic landscape and ambience. We owe it to San Diegans and millions of visitors to protect the landmark park from unnecessary and destructive alterations,” Coons said.