Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Announces Major 2017 Expansion

A large expansion has been announced for Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, one that will see the entrance area to the seaside amusement park totally transformed in 2017.  The project will cost the park around $12 million, so this is by no means a small undertaking.  Work is starting now that Labor Day has passed, and will require some of the park's attractions to temporarily close to accommodate the construction.

© Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
This concept art represents the finished product of both the main entrance along with a section of the park that stretches from Neptune's Kingdom to the Undertow roller coaster.  The expansion will include "state-of-the-art ticketing windows, an entrance plaza, and a fresh new look for several games, concessions and attractions in the adjacent area."  The appearance of the new area fits in with the classic and timeless appeal that the park has for many visitors.

© Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Additional work will see elaborate new facades installed for two of the park's existing attractions.  Above is the new look for the Fright Walk haunted house, and the park's Lazer Maze will also have a brand new front next year.  The park will also be renovating and expanding the interior of the Fright Walk to include new "basement/dungeon" space.  Other changes are planned to be released during the winter months as work progresses.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has been planning this expansion for nearly a decade, so it is quite excited to see these changes come to life.  That park is using several contractors for the work, including William S. Bagnall Architects, Slatter Construction, Nielsen Studios and Roto's Entertainment Division.  When complete, the expanded area of the park will have resulted in 200 construction jobs and 63 new seasons positions.

To read more about the plans straight from the park, click here.