Belmont Park gets new operator, promises of restoration

Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2002 8:06 AM | Contributed by Jeff

San Diego's troubled Belmont Park has a new operator who promises to restore the Mission Beach attraction to its historical roots as "a family entertainment center." The former operator was accused of neglecting the park by city officials. The city owns the park and leases it to operators.

Read more from the Union Tribune.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2002 9:01 AM

This is good news, every summer i go and it seems to be missing something, a good atmosphere, they need to place more emphasis on the family and not JUST the coaster, but they still need to emphasize that the coaster is almost 80 years old. Hopefully this guy will change things.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2002 12:57 PM
Soggy's avatar Yes, this is very good news. $4 Million will go a long way in this very small "park." The article mentions that as much as $20 Million may eventually be spent in improvements, wow.

As long as The Giant Dipper remains open for business...

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Wednesday, May 29, 2002 2:05 PM
Very good news. I'll be spending time there in July at the end of my week out west, and really hope to see a nice beachside park bustling with activity. Can I honestly get everything in (including flats) on a Saturday afternoon/ evening? This coaster is one of the nicest looking structures around, and from what I have seen on the documentaries the park's buildings are sharp as well. Can't wait for the infamous "peppermint" Prior & Church!
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Wednesday, May 29, 2002 2:36 PM
you can DEFFINATELY get all the rides, the past three years, it has NEVER been packed, and the longes line will be the Giant Dipper, and that was about 5 min. Be sure to hit the bumper hover crafts

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Wednesday, May 29, 2002 4:12 PM
I heard this on the news last week. Its great that someone is finally coming in and doing something with Belmont Park. Hopefully he will start to take better care of the Giant Dipper. The artists renderings that they showed on the news looked ten times better then it does now. I have to say, that ever since MTV used the area 2 summers ago, they left it in ruins.
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Wednesday, May 29, 2002 5:19 PM
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More parking? Where?! Actually, there seems to be quite a bit across the street when the crowds are small. Better yet, get the Trolly to extend to Seaworld and Mission Beach. It could be a simple spur from the Old Town station. Given the parking problems in the area, I'd imaging the ridership would skyrocket and bring more people to the park.

Then, get rid of the parking lot next to the coaster and put in some rides! Suggestions from the community? Let's see, "Ghost Blasters", a small S&S, and last but definitely not least, a small CCI family coaster ala Lost Coaster. Oh, and how about making a permanebt home for the Hi-Miler. ;)

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Wednesday, May 29, 2002 5:51 PM
Geez Oh Geez I KNOW this guy! By the way, he will not have anything to do with the Dipper or the rest of the iron rides there. These are operated by the San Diego Coaster Co. They operate the Giant Dipper under lease from the city, not the Leasor of Belmont Park. They sublease the space for the other rides from the principal leasor. *** This post was edited by Dutchman on 5/29/2002. ***
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Saturday, June 1, 2002 9:36 AM
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Ah....well...how about a nice restaurant then. ;)

Just so long as they keep up the Dipper.

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