Balboa Park wheel ride incorrect strategy for lots of explanations

Re “Balboa Park observation wheel strategy wins preliminary acceptance” (Dec. 3): So enable me get this straight. In the midst of a pandemic, exactly where every solitary federal government agency relentlessly cautions and urges folks not to get collectively in enclosed spaces, the Balboa Park Committee approves building of a large wheel in which the operator of the wheel “intends to offer you website visitors a food items and beverage working experience inside the ride’s 36 weather-controlled gondolas.”



an aerial view of a city: A conceptual rendering of the proposed observation wheel shows the 148-foot attraction in Balboa Park's central Plaza de Panama. The for-charge ride promises unrivaled views of the city and is intended to reinvigorate the park. (City of San Diego)


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A conceptual rendering of the proposed observation wheel shows the 148-foot attraction in Balboa Park’s central Plaza de Panama. The for-demand journey claims unequalled views of the metropolis and is supposed to reinvigorate the park. (Town of San Diego)

For that explanation by itself this project should have been turned down, to say nothing at all of how it will spoil the view of all the encompassing buildings in the Plaza de Panama.

In its place of a stunning photo of the façade of the San Diego Museum of Art with the fountain in the foreground, visitors get a image of a huge steel construction obstructing the watch of the facade. Extremely unfortunate.

Nicholas DeCorso

Mission Hills

The observation wheel proposed for the Plaza de Panama in Balboa Park seems to be practically nothing far more than a cafe running within a Ferris wheel with the Cohn Cafe Team promising a “luxurious eating expertise” inside the ride’s 36 8-passenger cars and trucks. This amusement attraction belongs at the County Fair, not at the hub of an historic park.

Robert Lerner

Valley Center

It is hard to consider why the Balboa Park Committee would vote to position a 148-foot wheel trip in Plaza de Panama. There are so lots of reasons this is a truly horrible plan:

A major effort and price went into changing the parking good deal in this area to an open, lovely, pedestrian-pleasant location.

This gigantic construction is entirely out of put, traditionally and esthetically.

Why would we take a public area and transform it into a industrial company benefiting a non-public cafe?

Eight persons per gondola? In a tiny enclosed space with masks off? Will this be restricted to only individuals from the exact same home?

We can only hope that this idea will not endure additional evaluation by the town attorney’s workplace, the Historical Methods Board, the City Council and community and condition well being boards, and that the magnificence and history of this attractive gem will be preserved.

Melinda Hansen

Del Cerro

Ferris wheels belong at the fairgrounds, not in Balboa Park. The Cohn Groups’ funds seize notion to set up a large eyesore experience with “a foods and beverage practical experience in a local weather controlled gondola” is absurd.

I urge the Park Fee, Cohn Team, Town Lawyer, Metropolis Council and incoming Mayor Gloria to sweep this idea off the table. Thank you.

Sue Del Vecchio Bourdon

Pt. Loma

This tale originally appeared in San Diego Union-Tribune.

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