The Journal of San Diego History
Winter 1979, Volume 25, Number 1
Thomas L. Scharf, Managing Editor

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San Diego map

Page iv. A turn of the century map of San Diego showing City Park (renamed Balboa Park in 1910) at its center. The period from 1902 to 1910 saw some of the first comprehensive planning for the park.

George W. Marston.

Page 5. San Diego’s local “merchant prince” George W. Marston offered to pay for a professional landscape architect to design City Park.

Samuel Parsons design

Page 6. The design by Samuel Parsons for City Park was in the Picturesque tradition. He said of the park site, “There is nothing else like it among the parks of the world.”

City Park.

Page 8. A wide Central Drive winds its way through City Park (ca. 1904) as it approaches downtown San Diego in the distance.

City Park

Page 8-9. The southwest corner of City Park at Sixth and Date Streets about 1904. Some 1000 trees were initially planted in this area of the park.

Arbor Day.

Page 10. Arbor Day planting in City Park on March 17, 1904

Nolan plan

Page 13. The 1908 plan of John Nolan recommended the construction of a wide landscaped walkway, “The Paseo,” which would descend twelve blocks between Date and Elm streets from the southwest entrance of City Park to San Diego Bay.

Nolan plan

Page 14. The Nolan plan recommended that tree-lined parkways connect a citywide system of parks with City. Park at its center.