Community Access Pass (CAP)

Balboa Park Explorer gives back to the community through the Community Access Pass (CAP) program which allows underserved families in San Diego to experience the cultural and educational joys of Balboa Park.

The CAP Program partners with local non-profits to distribute free Balboa Park Annual Explorers to economically disadvantaged, at-risk, and traditionally underserved families. Through the generosity of the Balboa Park Explorer Founding Patrons, Wells Fargo, The Charles and Ruth Billingsley Foundation, the Tippett Foundation, and the 16 participating cultural institutions, more than 5,000 family passes are to be distributed annually.

CAP helps fulfill BPCP’s mission to make the arts, science, and cultural experiences of Balboa Park accessible to all.

Special thanks to Wells Fargo, The Charles and Ruth Billingsley Foundation, The Tippett Foundation, The City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, and the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Program for their support of the Community Access Pass program.

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Are you a Non-Profit interested in partnering with CAP?

Thank you for your interest in the Community Access Pass program! We are always open to growing and developing new relationships and partnerships with non-profits throughout San Diego.

We have a designated supply of free passes to distribute each year. These annual passes are designed to be provided to families of up to two adults and up to four children (age 3-17) who are interested in experiencing everything Balboa Park has to offer. Our passes are intended for families in economically disadvantaged, at-risk or underserved communities in San Diego.

Our goal is to make your participation in the CAP program as easy as possible. We simply ask that you designate a contact within your organization who can provide us names for the Annual Explorer program. We handle the printing and will deliver the passes to you for distribution.

If you would like to participate, please contact us at for more information.

Thank you for your interest in the Community Access Pass program.

Unfortunately, our program is not structured to be able to distribute passes directly to individuals or families in the community.

However, we work closely with many nonprofit organizations throughout San Diego County.

Please contact a nonprofit organization in your area, and ask them to connect with us at for more information.

The Community Access Pass program is made possible through the generous support of Wells Fargo, the Charles and Ruth Billingsley Foundation, The Tippett Foundation, our Balboa Park Explorer Founding Patrons (listed below), our Corporate Partners, and the 17 participating cultural institutions in Balboa Park.

To become a VIP Patron or Corporate Partner, please contact Theresa Wulf at for more information.

We thank our Founding Patrons for their leadership and generosity:

Dr. Michael Hager and Denise Hager
Betty Peabody
Carol and Jeff Chang
Peter K. and Doris A. Ellsworth
Rod and Wynne Melendez
John and Tracy Downing
Gary and Zoraida Payne

Dr. Edward Abeyta
Machel Allen-Zondlowski and Maxime Zondlowski
Robert F. and Gay M. Ames
Susan Batt
Dr. Wolfgang Berger and Karen Berger
Toni and John Bloomberg
Dr. and Mrs. J.C. Carson
Sue Britt and Keith DeVore
Anita I. Busquets and William A. Ladd
Ben and Nikki Clay
Joseph Cohen
David and Lesley Cohn
Peter and Lorry Comiskey
Karen and McDermot Coutts
Pamela and Theodore Crooks
Elaine and Dave Darwin
James and Mary Dawe
Paul and Anaika Dayton
Dan and Phyllis Epstein
Susan and Craig Evanco
John and Barabra Everett
Susan Faron and Sandy Faron Chantler
Tom Fetter
Hal and Pam Fuson
George and Alison Gildred
Jack and Kay Harkins
Will and Norma Hays
Thomas and M Jo Hazard
Kimberly and Nathan Heller
Allison Henderson and Jay Miles
Paul and Linda Hundhammer
Irwin and Joan Jacobs
Tom and Julie Karlo
James Kidrick
Jo Ann and James Kilty
Maureen and Charlie King
Helen W. and Webster B. Kinnaird
Jerry Klusky
Paul Levin and Joanna Hirst
Loughridge Family
Connie Matsui Beckman
Lori Fleet and Mike Martin
Paul and Maggie Meyer
Theodore J. and Anabel I. Mintz
Roy Muraoka and Kimi Kaneyuki
James and Mary Nierman
Dennis Otsuji
Pam and Phil Palisoul
Bob and Patty Payne
Terri Peterson Zimdars
Taffin A. and Gene W. Ray
John Rebelo and Sarah B. Marsh-Rebelo
Robert and Lillie Breitbard Foundation
Frank and Demi Rogozienski
Eberhard and Jessica Rohm
Patti Roscoe and Jim Tiffany
Glenn and Lynne Rossman
Stephen Russell
Carmen Sandoval and Jesse Fernandez
Lewis and Alice Silverberg
Spanish Village Art Center
David G. Strickland, ASLA
John Venekamp
Pamela J. Wagner
Lori and Bill Walton
Dennis and Carol Wilson
Mary Yang and Bill Kuni

Thank you

Our thanks to the many Founding Patrons, Corporate Partners, and sponsors who make this program possible.

The Charles and Ruth Billingsley Foundation

Downing Family Foundation

Samuel I. and John Henry Fox Foundation