Saturday, June 28, 2014
Today we have more photos from GDB reader/contributor Ken Martinez! This time we will be getting a look at a place near and dear to his heart, the Santa Cruz boardwalk (from the late 1980's). At night! I've been there - once. The place evoked the old seaside amusement parks that used to dot the California coast, most of them now long gone; which makes Santa Cruz that much more special.
This first one is especially nice…. it shows the "Giant Dipper roller coaster and boardwalk at night with reflection in the San Lorenzo River".
This is an interesting photo of the "Wave Jammer" ride… is that the same as the "Tilt-a-Whirl"?
There's the building that contains the Loof Carousel. Those seahorses on top remind me very much of the kind that were seen at Pacific Ocean Park - maybe they were made by the same people.
Here's a "… general night view of the boardwalk as it looked around 1984. (Jet Star coaster in background)".
Another angle of the 16-car Ferris Wheel….
This one was really dark, but you can see a ride appropriately called "the Spider".
This one is my favorite of the bunch! It is from the boardwalk "photo op" area, featuring a 4 year-old Kenny in 1964. The smile on his face says it all!
MANY THANKS to Ken Martinez for sharing his personal photos of the Santa Cruz boardwalk with us today!