Boardwalk main entrance construction update

With the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk wrapping up its full operation schedule this past weekend, construction on its main entrance project is now heading into the winter months.

The park received the green light from the City of Santa Cruz to construct the two new rides that are part of the $12 million project: Shockwave and Typhoon.

But before these rides start to go vertical, the Boardwalk still has a long ways to go to construct the new area. Let’s check in on their progress.

For comparison, here is what the area looked like in April during ACE Day at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

For comparison, here is what the area looked like in April during ACE Day at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

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Flash forward to now, with the buildings to the left of Neptune’s Kingdom now demolished. This picture was taken roughly from the same spot.

An overall view of the work as seen from Undertow’s queue.

An overall view of the work as seen from Undertow’s queue.

On the ground level, guests can peer through windows in the construction walls.

On the ground level, guests can peer through windows in the construction walls.

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Pirate Ship and Double Shot have had their queues torn out as part of the construction.

Pirate Ship and Double Shot have had their queues torn out as part of the construction.

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This project is a good reminder that the Boardwalk was built on sand.

This project is a good reminder that the Boardwalk was built on sand.

The Boardwalk built a temporary walk path on the beach as a detour around the construction zone.

The Boardwalk built a temporary walk path on the beach as a detour around the construction zone.

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That wraps up this update! More information on the main entrance plaza is available at www.beachboardwalk.com/new2017.

About Erik Chalhoub

Erik Chalhoub is the Managing Editor at the Watsonville Register-Pajaronian newspaper (and a roller coaster fanatic!). He is also the proud recipient of the 2016 ACE NorCal Richard Tuck Spirit Award.

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