Belmont Park (San Diego)

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Belmont Park
Belmont Park with Giant Dipper.jpg
View of the entrance to Belmont Park with the Giant Dipper roller coaster in the background
LocationMission Bay, San Diego, California, USA
Coordinates32°46′17″N 117°15′8″W / 32.77139°N 117.25222°W / 32.77139; -117.25222Coordinates: 32°46′17″N 117°15′8″W / 32.77139°N 117.25222°W / 32.77139; -117.25222
OpenedJuly 4, 1925 (1925-07-04)
WebsiteOfficial website
 
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Belmont Park
Belmont Park with Giant Dipper.jpg
View of the entrance to Belmont Park with the Giant Dipper roller coaster in the background
LocationMission Bay, San Diego, California, USA
Coordinates32°46′17″N 117°15′8″W / 32.77139°N 117.25222°W / 32.77139; -117.25222Coordinates: 32°46′17″N 117°15′8″W / 32.77139°N 117.25222°W / 32.77139; -117.25222
OpenedJuly 4, 1925 (1925-07-04)
WebsiteOfficial website

Belmont Park is a historic oceanfront amusement park located in the Mission Bay area of San Diego, California. The park was developed by sugar magnate John D. Spreckels and opened on July 4, 1925 as the Mission Beach Amusement Center.[1] In addition to providing recreation and amusement it also was intended as a way to help Spreckels sell land in Mission Beach. Located on the beach, it attracts millions of people each year.

The attractions and rides that remain from the original 1925 park include the Giant Dipper, a wooden roller coaster that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Another historic facility is The Plunge, an indoor swimming pool.[2] The Plunge was originally a salt water pool; it now contains fresh water and features a "Whaling Wall" painting by artist Wyland titled Orcas off Point Loma. In 2013 the California Coastal Commission approved plans to remove a portion of the Wyland mural during planned renovations of The Plunge.[3]

Other amusements include a Tilt-A-Whirl, a three-story drop tower (the "Vertical Plunge"), the Liberty Carousel, and the Wave House Athletic Club. The Wave House Bar and Grill overlooks the ocean and features two artificial waves. The larger wave is a FlowBarrel called "Bruticus Maximus" (or "bmax") and features an 8-foot barreling wave. The other wave is a smaller sheet wave known as a FlowRider. Newer attractions for 2010 include a SkyRopes obstacle course, a Moser Gyro Loop dubbed "Control Freak" and a Chance Unicoaster dubbed "Octotron." The park's rides including the Giant Dipper, are operated by the San Diego Coaster Company.

In 2002, businessman/surfer Tom Lochtefeld bought the master lease for the property and started development of the Wave House. In Spring 2006, the Wave House hosted MTV's Total Request Live.

Current Attractions[edit]

Former Attractions[edit]

Controversy[edit]

On November 3, 2010 Wave House Belmont Park LLC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in US Bankruptcy Court (Bankruptcy Petition #: 10-19663-11) citing a 700% increase in rent owed to the City of San Diego as the reason. Tom Lochtefeld, Belmont Park Manager Member, alleges the city has breached its lease agreement.[4] In 2011 Lochtefeld filed a $25 million lawsuit against the City of San Diego accusing the city of breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation for preventing him from completing a second major expansion of the park including adding a hotel. That suit was settled in November 2013 after Lochtefeld decided not to pursue the case against the city.[5]

In 2012 Pacific Enterprises acquired the park leasehold in a bankruptcy trustee sale.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ San Diego Historical Society timeline
  2. ^ http://www.wavehouseathleticclub.com/mission_beach_Plunge_history.html
  3. ^ Orca mural facing extinction
  4. ^ sandiegonewsroom.com
  5. ^ Belmont Park Suit Settlement
  6. ^ Belmont Park Getting a Makeover

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