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Santa Cruz Boardwalk Begins Ten-Month, $12 Million Makeover

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk will begin a ten-month, $12 million improvement project scheduled to begin just after Labor Day.

Drawings released this week reveal a new main entrance and look for a section of the Boardwalk between Neptune’s Kingdom and Undertow roller coaster.

The project will replace a narrow walkway near Neptune’s Kingdom, include a state-of-the-art ticketing windows, and fresh looks for several games, concessions and attractions including Fright Walk and Lazer Maze, Boardwalk officials said.

"The unique character of the Boardwalk will be maintained and improved because nostalgia and history are such an important part of our story,” Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk president Karl Rice said in a statement.

Bay Area contractors including William S. Bagnall Architects, Slatter Construction and Nielsen Studios are working on the project. Roto, an Ohio design firm specializing in plans for some of the world’s largest theme parks, worked with Boardwalk staff to design the project which will connect the classic Moorish-style of the Cocoanut Grove building with the more colorful, eclectic style of the Boardwalk, according to Boardwalk statement.

The project is scheduled for completion by summer 2017. For more information and a look at the project design, click here.

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