Posted by on March 20, 2018
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(by Supriya Yelimeli) – The Ferris wheel at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk amusement park is closing after nearly 60 years in business, park officials said.

The attraction opened in 1959, 52 years after the park made its debut in 1907.

The wheel isn’t currently in service and won’t be reopening, but park officials wrote in a Facebook post that it will be looking into “replacement options.”

Park officials did not cite safety concerns as a reason for the ride’s closing, and said it might consider another Ferris wheel as a replacement.

The boardwalk will choose the new attraction by summer 2019.

Park officials said they will not be removing any other rides on the packed boardwalk that stretches across a mile-long public beach.

photo: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

2 responses to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk To Close 60-Year-Old Ferris Wheel

  1. Rosemarie Anello Coppin March 20th, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    My parents took me to the boardwalk every August for dad’s two week vacation since I was 4 years old, so that’s was 1956!! I can’t tell you I remember the ferris wheel going up, it was just there. I love Santa Cruz Boardwalk. Please never close down the Big Sipper. I really miss The Plunge. I think that was the name of the swimming pools.

  2. Rosemarie Anello Coppin March 20th, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    My parents took me to the boardwalk every August for dad’s two week vacation since I was 4 years old, so that was 1956!! I can’t tell you I remember the ferris wheel going up, it was just there. I love Santa Cruz Boardwalk. Please never close down the Big Dipper. I really miss The Plunge. I think that was the name of the swimming pools.