SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – The Plunge, the largest historic indoor pool in Southern California, will be celebrating its grand reopening on March 1. The over 86 year old indoor heated pool is located at the Wave House Athletic Club in Belmont Park. Because the Plunge is such an iconic piece of San Diego history, its operator, Wave House Athletic Club, is opening it up to the public for 25-cent admission per guest on Saturday and Sunday, March 3rd and 4th from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Plunge originally opened along with the Giant Dipper roller coaster as centerpieces of the “Mission Beach Amusement Center” (as Belmont Park was then known) by sugar magnate John D. Spreckels. The 60’ by 175’ pool was at the time the largest salt-water pool in the world holding 400,000 gallons of water. The building enclosing the Plunge was originally called the “Natatorium” and was modeled after the Spanish Colonial Revival style buildings that were erected in San Diego's Balboa Park for the 1915 Panama–California Exposition. One of the Plunge’s iconic features is Orcas off Point Loma, part of the famous “Whaling Wall” series of large murals by the artist Wyland.
In 1940, the pool was converted from saltwater to fresh water, and in 1986, the Plunge building was completely rebuilt. “The Plunge has undergone many modifications, and today the Plunge is finally reopening with another face lift in time for spring break and the summer,” said Tyler Nichols, Director of Operations for Wave House. “We are excited for San Diego and especially, Mission Beach,” continued Mr. Nichols, “and we hope the entire community comes out and enjoys this historic San Diego facility.”
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 either www.wavehouseathleticclub.com or www.belmontpark.com.
About Wave House/Belmont Park Belmont Park (www.belmontpark.com) is a seven-acre beachfront commercial/recreational development that offers the classic California experience for locals and visitors alike. Its attractions include Wave House, the quintessential Southern California beach experience with the famous FlowBarrel stationary surfing wave; Wave House Athletic Club, a state of the art fitness center; the Plunge historic swimming pool; and a historic amusement park with seven attractions, including the Giant Dipper roller coaster.