sPARK Awards Celebrate Balboa Park Innovators And Change-Makers

Forever Balboa Park is launching the annual sPARK Awards – Celebrating Innovation in Balboa Park to recognize the people and organizations that amplify Balboa Park’s distinct role and increase the park’s positive impact on well-being through creativity, collaboration, and imagination. Winners for outstanding achievement in three categories will be celebrated at a special event on March 29, in the House of Hospitality’s Prado Ballroom.

Tickets to the awards ceremony and celebration are open to the public and available at different price points, including a discounted young professional ticket.

The sPARK Awards

Balboa Park is a source of health and wellness, economic benefit, and cultural enrichment for the San Diego region and beyond. The sPARK Awards are designed to honor this and the individuals, organizations, and groups that advance meaningful park experiences, deeper and broader connections, and environmental well-being and sustainability.

Winners in three categories will be selected from among the nominees by a volunteer Selection Committee whose members come from diverse experiences and backgrounds and share a love for Balboa Park. Each awardee will be given a $5,000 cash prize from San Diego Foundation for their nonprofit affiliation of choice, to fuel continued innovation and curiosity.

Award categories

The three award categories are Igniting Innovation, Crossing Boundaries, and Enhancing Ecosystems.

Igniting Innovation recognizes innovation, imagination, and risk-taking related to Balboa Park, particularly efforts that spark new ways of viewing or experiencing Balboa Park, leading to increased opportunities, possibilities, and potential.

Crossing Boundaries acknowledges interdisciplinary or cross-sector collaboration that demonstrates Balboa Park’s multifaceted impact, specifically cross-disciplinary, organizational, cultural, generational, or other boundaries that make connections among nature, art, science, performance, learning, history, and civic engagement.

Enhancing Ecosystems recognizes outstanding efforts that enhance Balboa Park ecosystems, expand environmental stewardship within or through Balboa Park, or support the connection between Balboa Park’s natural spaces and community health.

Info and Tickets

The sPARK Awards ceremony on March 29 includes a cocktail reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres, a speakers panel focused on innovation and change-making in San Diego, and the awards presentation.

Early Bird ticket pricing is available through March 3. Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite.

For more information on the sPARK Awards and sponsorship opportunities, visit the Forever Balboa Park website here.

See you there, San Diego!

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  • Start Date
    March 29, 2023 5:00 pm
  • End Date
    March 29, 2023 7:00 pm
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    The Prado Ballroom at Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
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