In 1932 the Santa Cruz Sentinel reported on a plan to use the Boardwalk's indoor swimming pool as a wrestling venue over the winter months, "There is no water in the Plunge now. It wouldn’t be much of a trick to erect a ring in the bottom, put seats around the side and in the gallery, etc." And so, a deal was struck for this improbable use of our swimming pool for wrestling matches.
After weathering a long night punctuated by aftershocks, the sun rose on an unseasonably warm Wednesday, October 18, 1989. With the hum of generators in the background and the whoop-whoop-whoop of occasional helicopters circling in the air, damage to Boardwalk facilities was assessed and a plan was made to help Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk to rise from the quake’s rubble.
October 17, 1989, 5:04pm. Everyone who lived in Santa Cruz County thirty years ago, remembers exactly where they were at this moment in time. The 6.9 Loma Prieta Earthquake set in motion a sequence of unprecedented events at the Boardwalk that night.
Today's Boardwalk cuisine is surprisingly diverse and the quality is superior to the choices we had in the past.
Back in my high school years, hot dogs, hamburgers and french fries were the usual fare. But the memories of sizzling onions, fresh buns and turnover pies are still delicious. Here's a snapshot of what I remember.
The Boardwalk Bowl has a new display chronicling the history of bowling at Santa Cruz Beach. Locals probably remember the Surf Bowl, but the first bowling alley was a four-lane "duckpin" alley located at what is now the Haunted Castle.