A San Diego woman who has dedicated her life to Balboa Park has been named the “Champion of the Community” by the California Park & Recreation Society.
Betty Peabody is the founder of Friends of Balboa Park, an affinity group that enhances and maintains The Park through donations and Park programs.
“The California Champion of the Community Award is an honor bestowed upon advocates of parks throughout the state, and there is truly no one more deserving of such a distinction than Betty Peabody for her advocacy of Balboa Park,” said Friends of Balboa Park executive director John Bolthouse. “Friends of Balboa Park is so fortunate to have a volunteer leader of Betty’s caliber, and she is most deserving of this prestigious award.”
A volunteer in Balboa Park since 1969, Peabody founded the group that became Friends of Balboa Park in 1998. Since then, the group has spearheaded major capital improvement initiatives throughout
Peabody has since served on the board of directors, and remains an active volunteer on numerous Park committees, always advocating for the “Jewel of San Diego.”
“I have been so pleased to spend my volunteer hours in support of Friends of Balboa Park,” Peabody said. “I love working with such a dedicated City Park & Recreation staff in raising the level of awareness of the needs of our great asset, Balboa Park, to elected officials and citizens of San Diego.”
For more information about Friends of Balboa Park, go to FriendsOfBalboaPark.org.
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