Mission Beach Plunge Reopens March 1 (Sat-Sun 25 cents to swim)

This post was written by Valerie on March 1, 2012
Posted Under: Grandma Quotes


My Grandparents Just Back from Mission Beach plunge 1926

My grandparents pictured here were raised in San Diego and loved the ocean. When they learned that the Natatorium where sugar magnate and San Diegan John D. Spreckles built the world’s largest indoor saltwater pool modeled after the 1915 Panama-California Exposition in Balboa Park they couldn’t wait to go. The pool held over 400,000 gallons of salt water, indoor showers and lots of incredible tile work. The pool was 60′ x170′ in size.

Also the Roller Coaster was built along with the pool. My grandparents would pay their quarter each to swim in the warm pool and then take on the roller coaster. My grandparents then took my mother and later me and I took my children. We would swim and then ride the roller coaster for as long as we wanted and kept screaming. I remember on one ride with my grandmother and myself where I thought the operator would never let us off because we were laughing and screaming so loud and could not stop ourselves.

I took my six month old first son and later my 6 month old daughter to the plunge for swimming lessons and took my own sailing test for swimming for my sailing certificate back in the 70’s.

Thanks to the efforts of the receiver ship handling the bankruptcy case of Tom Lochtefeld and the city of San Diego the plunge had $185,000 short term repairs in order to get this historic San Diego monument up and running again per today’s San Diego Union.

Today, March 1rst will be the grand opening and you can go to the following site for additional information: http://www.wavehousesandiego.com/ .

This Saturday and Sunday you can pay the 1926 price of 25 cents to enjoy the now heated fresh water pool.

The Mission Beach Plunge Reopens

The Plunge is located at Belmont Park in the Wave House Athletic Club  at the corner of Mission Blvd. and West Mission Bay Drive.  For more  information, please call (858) 228- 9283 or visit site above or www.belmontpark.com.

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