San Diego Essential Guide

Mission Beach

Free use of beach wheelchairs for disabled

The City of San Diego’s Park & Recreation Department provides a number of services for the disabled – including free use of motorized beach wheelchairs that allow those with mobility disabilities to propel independently along the sand at Mission Beach. There’s also a non-motorized chair that allows users to roll right in to the ocean.   Chairs can be reserved for one hour at a time. (Identification is required and will be held as security.) Maximum weight capacity on the motorized chair is 250 pounds; it’s 500 pounds on the water-going chair.  (Only one rider at a time is permitted on either vehicle.)   Find the chairs just outside the lifeguard station at Ventura and Ocean Front Walk, near the lifeguard station behind Belmont Park.  Through October, the chairs are available from 11: 30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. weekdays (closed Tuesdays), until 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.  In November and December, get chairs from 11:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. No chairs are available in January or February. In March and April, get them from 11:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Starting in May (through October), they’re available from 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. weekdays (except Tuesdays), until 5:30 p.m. weekends.   Reservations are highly recommended; phone...

Posted by on Nov 17, 2013

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Belmont Park’s Plunge Reopens

Belmont Park’s historic Mission Beach Plunge has reopened. The pool closed nine months ago – a victim of a bitter legal dispute between the park’s operator and the city. Park leaseholder Tom Lochtefeld, shuttered the pool in May after he said it had become too dangerous – and he could not afford to make repairs.  He had filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy the previous November — after his rent credits from the city expired and park lease payments soared from $70,000 annually to $480,000. Since then, Lochtefeld’s lender foreclosed on his lease rights – and a court-appointed receiver authorized about $185,000 in short-term repairs to the pool’s roof – so that the plunge can safely be used again.  About $1 million more is needed to keep the pool operating for the long haul. Lochtefeld is suing the city for $25 million in damages, claiming that the city backed out of a promise to allow him to further develop Belmont Park – so he couldn’t afford the increased rent payments or repairs.  In the meantime, the city is searching for a new park operator. At least for now, the park and the plunge are open to the public. Park admission is free. The plunge is open to the public from noon until 4 PM and from 8-10  PM weekdays. On weekends it’s open from noon until 8 PM. Adult admission costs $7; swimmers under 18 and over 60 pay $6. Belmont Park is at 3146 Mission Blvd. in San Diego. Phone...

Posted by on Mar 26, 2012

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Belmont Park’s Legendary Plunge Closes

Belmont Park’s Giant Dipper Belmont Park history is as full of glorious peaks and heart-pounding descents as the Giant Dipper roller coaster that is its centerpiece. Since 1925, through prosperous and ebullient highs and seedy lows, the amusement park has remained a Mission Beach centerpiece.  Sadly, its future once-again appears to be on an uncertain trajectory: The cash-strapped city is demanding a colossal rent increase from the park’s operator – who responded last November by filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy. (With rent credits expired, payments have soared from $70,000 annually to $480,000.) The battle’s first major victim is the historic Mission Beach Plunge. The park’s master leaseholder, Tom Lochtefeld, officially closed the plunge on May 26.  There’s fear that this could be the first in a wave of park closures. But at least for now, the rest of the park is pretty much open for business. (Check hours before you go.) Climb aboard the 85-year-old Giant Dipper or one of several other thrill rides – or go for a blast out of the past in bumper cars. Eat cotton candy, play arcade and midway games, try glow-in-the-dark miniature golf or get lost in a fun house style mirror maze. Challenge friends to navigate through a web of lasers, negotiate a ropes course – or shimmy up a coconut tree, Belmont Park’s version of rock climbing. Belmont Park is at  3146 Mission Blvd. in San Diego. Phone 858-488-1549. Admission is free. A one-day ride pass is $26.95 for those 50 inches or taller, $15.95 for shorter kids. Single rides cost $2-$6. Rides open 11 AM – 8 PM Mon & Thurs, till 9 PM Sun, till 10 PM Fri & Sat. No rides Tues & Wed,  Longer hours during hoiiday...

Posted by on May 27, 2011

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