Sunday, December 23, 2007

Santa's Village- Santa's Wishing Well

Merry Christmas to all! Here's a shot of the long gone Santa's Village in Sky Forest CA. This is the small wishing well that stood unsuspecting in a small corner of the park. The small crimson well collected change for the Crippled Children's Society. But with Santa's Village losing so much money every year, they soon became the charity. This shot was taken within a week of the park's closing. A late snowstorm made the park's last days very cold.

A shot of the sign inside the structure. A nice detail in an amusement park that had no rival (except the other Santa's Villages).

View information on all of the Santa's Village theme parks here.

Previous Santa's Village post.


Monday, December 17, 2007

Seaside Lagoon

With the fate of the Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach uncertain (again), I thought I'd post some pictures of this aging community landmark. This shot shows the entrance to the facility. I spent many summer days enjoying the Lagoon, and its now removed diving boards.

Taking a few paces backwards, this signs lists all the attractions of the Portofino section of King Harbor.

Returning to the Lagoon on a calm Sunday afternoon.

I love signs which detail the history of our local communities.

This fountain IS the Seaside Lagoon. Even as a kid, I appreciated the style and design of this mid century local icon.

A close up view details the simple grace of this remnant of 1963. Who knows if this wonderful swimming area will still be around for the next generation of South Bay children.

Visit the Seaside Lagoon Website here, and sea the current options for the site.