LONG BEACH — A new attraction is driving toward completion on the edge of Long Beach’s downtown core, where a construction crew has been working seemingly non-stop in recent weeks.
On Monday, Feb. 12, the last 30 yards of concrete was poured for the final nine holes of a new 18-hole mini-golf course at the corner of Ocean Beach Boulevard and Sid Snyder Drive, part of the Fun Beach Speedway complex owned by Glenn and Hillary Trusty.
Since purchasing the troubled property from the Merrill Family Trust in August 2017, the Trustys have embarked on an ambitious makeover in an attempt to rehabilitate the property and its reputation, which suffered in recent years amid drug allegations against the former operators.
“We wanted to make it better and bury a bad image,” Trusty said. “To do that we needed big change.”
The big change began with bulldozers leveling the ground in early January and recently transitioned into cement trucks pouring concrete in the first few weeks of February. A mini golf course, corner market and food court are all part of the plan anticipated to open in early April, with aspirations to remain open year-round. The new services and remodeled facilities will provide up to 30 new jobs on the Peninsula once hiring is complete.
This spring, customers will have a comfortable spot to sit and watch the go-cart races while eating a slice of pizza and sipping an espresso. The structure that once housed the “Krazy Kars” has since been gutted and remodeled in preparation for a new role as an ice cream parlor and candy store. Food with a fair flair including pizza, hot dogs, ice cream, cotton candy and caramel apples will be available. Walls and insulation have been added to divide the space and soften the racing engines outside. New windows overlooking the course will give guests a first-hand view of the races unfolding outside while sitting comfortably indoors.
“There’s going to be a bar where they can eat and just enjoy the track,” Trusty said. There will be table seating for about 40 people and an additional 15 at the bar. Two bathrooms were added near the entrance, a need that became obvious last season.
“When we were running the track last year, so many people were asking where they could use the restroom,” Trusty said. Scaffolding and buckets of bolts still occupy the floor, but Trusty is optimistic that building will be ready to open the same week as the golf course, less than four months after the ambitious remodel began.
“We’re going to open the track, store, parlor and golf course hopefully all the same week is our goal,” Trusty said. “It should be an exciting place to be.”
The former moped building will be a grab-and-go style market.
“The market is going to be small and simple. It will have your typical beer, wine, meat and cheese, crackers, chips, grab-and-go picnic kind of stuff,” he said. “We’re also doing espresso.”
Trusty said the course will be “interesting and challenging,” with holes featuring figure eights, jump-overs and putt-throughs. A new cedar-sided ticket booth will greet golfers near the entrance and more than 300 plants, shrubs and trees have been planted around the course. Other improvements will allow the complex to be more inclusive. The front nine holes have wider walkways.
“If a person in a wheelchair wants to golf, they can,” he said. At night, 4,000 feet of “Café lighting,” or strings of small LED bulbs, will keep the golf course evenly lit and easy to navigate.
For more information, visit: www.funbeachspeedway.com