Belmont Park costs San Diego taxpayers millions, redevelopment not as promised

Posted Monday, June 28, 2004 10:59 AM | Contributed by Jeff

San Diego's Belmont Park has cost taxpayers millions of dollars over the years because of a faulty lease agreement. Furthermore, developers that promised to revive the park and make it local-friendly have broken that verbal promise. Local officials still want to restore the park.

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Monday, June 28, 2004 11:55 AM
Interesting that no one seems to be complaining about the rebuilt roller coaster...that in itself is a good sign. The big problem seems to be the Plunge indoor pool, maybe it can be changed into an indoor water park? While Farmer Markets are popular they can also make an area look seedy if not well maintained so I would think that individualized shops would be a better appearing alternative. Maybe more diversity in the shops are needed and some of these catered to what the locals originally requested.
Monday, June 28, 2004 6:00 PM
Hmmm....mmmmmight work:

Lochtefeld's new business plan seeks to invigorate the commercial development with attractions including wave rides and patio dining to take advantage of the oceanfront location.

Problem is, there are already ocean front restaurants up the way and real waves to surf just a few hundred yards away.

Should have went whole hog for a park...rides, everything.*** This post was edited by janfrederick 6/28/2004 6:00:33 PM ***

Monday, June 28, 2004 6:12 PM
I agree, Erick.

Belmont doesn't have to return to being the full-fledged park it used to be but I would like to see most, if not all, of that mall scrapped in favor of a small family park. Even though I realize the Plunge is historic in nature I wouldn't mind it being scraped if the space could be put to good use. I'd love to see some of the park's history be echoed in the architecture or, as in the case of the original arched B-E-L-M-O-N-T entry sign, returned to it's spot over the walkway that goes through the Dipper.

Ideally in addition to the Dipper it would be nice to see another small steel coaster [Wildcat? Galaxi?], a kiddie coaster, a dozen classic and modern adult flats, an arcade, a flume, some kiddie rides, a fun house, and a dark ride would be perfect!

Monday, June 28, 2004 7:46 PM
Don't forget the Zipper! ;)

Too bad the city's involved. They could stack rides upon rides upon rides ala IB.

I say they kidnap the Hi-Miler and call it the "Gallopin' Gull" or "Choo Choo Loco".

Seriously though (not that I wasn't)...give it that classic seaside park look from the turn of the century. Make the operators wear derbys.

Wednesday, June 30, 2004 2:50 PM
One of the issues right now, IIRC, is that the city is requiring the park to remain a commercial area- not an amusement area. There is some quota of "for every x rides there must be y number of shops."

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