The iconic Plunge beachfront pool in Belmont Park reopened to the public on July 4, 2019. The completion of a $12 million restoration to this beloved landmark, a 400,000-gallon indoor swimming pool only steps from the Pacific Ocean, is one of several refreshed experiences throughout Belmont Park, a historic seaside amusement attraction in Mission Beach. The Plunge has a rich history. In 1925, The Natatorium, which later became known as the Plunge swimming pool, was constructed as a centerpiece of the Mission Beach Amusement Center along with the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster. At the time of its opening, it was the largest saltwater pool in the world. In 1940, fresh water was used along with an updated filtration system, making The Plunge “the largest indoor heated pool in Southern California.” Closed for maintenance and upgrades in 2014, the now restored indoor beachfront pool includes a new building with contemporary floor-to-ceiling glass walls that maximize ocean views and a retractable roof that allows for a climate-controlled environment. The renovation includes features from the original 1925 structure as well as replicas of original entrance archways and pool tiles. The area also offers a dining deck connected to the newly renovated Beach House for guests to enjoy food, drinks and a fresh ocean breeze. Fit Athletic Club of San Diego handles operations for the Plunge and plans to open a new fitness club adjacent to the pool in August 2019.
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