Our History
Tracing our origins back to 1923, Forever Balboa Park has a long history as an advocate for Balboa Park.
  • 1923

    Balboa Auditorium Association is formed to operate the House of Hospitality for civic and community use.

  • 1937

    City calls upon the Balboa Auditorium Association to operate the House of Hospitality following the 1935–1936 Exposition. Organization is renamed the House of Hospitality Association (HHA) soon after.

  • 1946

    City asks the House of Hospitality Association to resume operations of the building following its use by the US Navy during World War II.

  • 1950

    Balboa Park Visitors Center established and operated by the House of Hospitality Association.

  • 1998

    House of Hospitality Association launches BalboaPark.org and parkwide marketing.

  • 1999

    The Balboa Park Millennium Society, a nonprofit 501c3 was formed, later renamed Friends of Balboa Park.

  • 2011

    Balboa Park Conservancy, a nonprofit 501c3, was established at the recommendation of a mayoral taskforce.

  • 2014

    Balboa Park Central merges with Balboa Park Conservancy.

  • 2017

    Friends of Balboa Park acquires the Balboa Park Carousel.

  • 2021

    Friends of Balboa Park and Balboa Park Conservancy merge and become Forever Balboa Park.

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