The North Park Historical Society has produced a second book on the history of North Park. Arcadia Publishing published the second book and it is now available from Arcadia Publishing on their website or from local retail outlets including Paras Newsstand in North Park, The Grove in South Park, the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park and from SOHO. The Arcadia website is:
The 2017 North Park Historical Society Car Show will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 10 am to 2 pm in the parking lot in front of the Balboa Tennis Club at 2221 Morley Field Drive.
To see the car entry form for the 2017 Car Show click on the following link:
Car Show Registration flyer 2017
The 2016 North Park Historical Society Car Show was held on Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 10 am to 2 pm in the parking lot in front of the Balboa Tennis Club at Morley Field.
Winners in the People’s Choice balloting at the 2016 Car Show were:
People’s Choice Overall winner: Bill Mayer for his 1960 Austin Healey Sprite
Peoples’s Choice 1st Runner-up: Ron Wakefield for his 1951 Hudson Hornet
People’s Choice 2nd Runner-up: Teresa Klohe for her 1969 Dodge Dart Swinger
See the attached file for photos of the winners and other vehicles that received a high number of votes or were awarded other prizes.
For several years, the North Park Historical Society was interested in securing designation of the North Park Water Tower as an historic place. On May 1, 2013 the State Historical Resources Commission unanimously approved listing the Water Tower and the surrounding “district” of past and present water supply facilities as a significant California Resource. On June 25, 2013 the Water Tower and the entire University Heights Water Storage and Pumping Station Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Click on the following document to see the notification National Register Listing for North Park Water Tower. On April 23, 2015, the City of San Diego’s Historic Resources Board also voted to include the Water Tower and the District on the local list of historically designated places.
Click on the following document to see the application prepared by Alex Bevil for the North Park Historical Society.
Water tower district 13000417 final nomination signed
On a pro-bono basis, V & A Consulting Engineers recently completed a coating evaluation of the North Park Water Tower. Please click on the link below to see the complete evaluation report.
13-0332 North Park Water Tower Coating Evaluation TM
To print the above documents, it is necessary to make the document full size by clicking on the arrow in the upper right corner just above the document. When it becomes full size, click on the printer icon to format it and then use the internet browser print command.
To see very nice photos of the water tower by Jim Brady check out his website under the Water Tower tab:
The North Park Historical Society regularly gives walking tours of different parts of North Park including the commercial core of North Park centered around 30th and University as well as tours of the Burlingame Historical District and the North Park Dryden District. Tours of the Commerical area and the North Park Dryden District include a walking tour brochure. Those tours cost $10 a person while the tour of Burlingame which does not include a brochure cost $5 per person. Several other walking tours are in development including one of the Morley Field Sports Complex.