San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Councilmember Todd Gloria joined San Diego Zoo Global staff this week to officially open the newly renovated Old Globe Way, on the south side of the San Diego Zoo. The widened and landscaped roadway leads to the Zoo’s new employee parking structure and the Old Globe, past the Casa del Prado and the San Diego Museum of Art.
“This Old Globe Way project is a gift to all of San Diego, creating a wonderful connection between two of the City’s most cherished landmarks: historic Balboa Park and the world-famous San Diego Zoo,” said Mayor Faulconer. “It’s fitting that the project opens during the Balboa Park Centennial as we elevate, celebrate and promote the park for 2015 and beyond.”
The Old Globe Way project—including a renovated roadway that leads to the Old Globe theater complex and Village Place (an improved turnaround and unloading zone that serves the Casa del Prado)—cost more than $2 million to build.
The transformation of Old Globe Way was made possible in large part through grants from the Legler Benbough Foundation, the Parker Foundation and the Balboa Park Trust at the San Diego Foundation. Also mentioned in the ceremony was the Centennial Walkway that links Balboa Park with the San Diego Zoo, through a landscaped path including two elephant topiaries and the new San Diego Zoo employee parking structure, which is expected to reduce staff use of the main guest parking lot.