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Balboa Island News!

The old Park Avenue Bridge had a long, productive life and finally after years of getting permits approved, agreeing on the best design, and funding efforts the new bridge was born on July 25, 2017, with the construction beginning in March of 2016. Not bad considering the difficulties that come along with demolishing, designing, constructing, and managing a project of this magnitude on an island.

The original bridge was constructed in 1928 and has served the locals and visitors well for many years. The new bridge is wider by two feet on the street and one foot on each sidewalk. It also has stairs at all corners to which allows for easy access to the boardwalk.

Connecting The Big Island and The Little Island, our bridge offers a beautiful, scenic walk along the boardwalks of both islands. The new bridge ascetically, maintains the charm and quaintness Balboa Island is famous for. The distance around the Big and Little Island is 2.69 miles and is a common exercise route for locals and visitors alike.

There is no doubt that if our Park Avenue Bridges, past and present could talk they would tell stories of the many locals and visitors who have strolled happily over on their morning walks, on their way to breakfast, on their way to work, or just enjoying the spectacular scenery the island has to offer.

Breakfast on Balboa Island doesn’t get much tastier than items served at Crocker’s Abundant Table on Marine Avenue. When you think of breakfast on the island, Wilma’s is the first thought that comes to mind for most. However, over the past couple of years we have seen new dining options open on the island. I have been to Crocker’s The Well Dressed Frank (next door) several times for burgers, brats and fish & chips. I’ve told everyone I know that they have to go there for “Franks Big Beef”! It is the best burger I have ever had. It is seriously amazing. All of their food is great.

A few weeks ago, my friends visited and had breakfast at Crocker’s Abundant Table. Since then I was asking myself why I still hadn’t tried it! So Ollie, Scarlett and I decided to go there and see what it was all about. I ordered the breakfast burrito and they each had a waffle with bananas and whip cream. Everything was delicious. I loved that the breakfast burrito was piping hot as well. Here’s a tip… bring your own cup and get coffee for a buck!

We also enjoyed chatting with some visitors dining in the window. Their names were Mark and Lindsey Tapia and they were on the island celebrating their 2nd year wedding anniversary. They live in San Diego and have been coming to the island for years, where they enjoy a family cottage on Diamond avenue!

The display case of pies was also quite impressive. We will have to come back to taste some of those!

 

Frank’s Big Beef

Here is a picture of the massive mouth watering hamburger. You can also see a picture of Frank Crocker, Balboa Island’s first paid fire chief, in the background. Now you may understand why the restaurant is named Crocker’s “The Well Dressed Frank”! Frank was the fire chief in 1927 and held the position for 25 years. Victoria, his granddaughter, operates the local eatery with her husband. They are wonderful people, doing an excellent job providing a unique and tasty restaurant on the island. Stop in, say hi and try something new!

Announcement for all Balboa Island Kids: The annual Kids Sandcastle Contest will be in a week!

Registration starts at 8:30AM on August 5th, followed by the contest from 9:00AM-11:00AM located on the North Bay Front at Ruby. All contestants will get a cool participation gift and there will be prizes for all!

Coffee & donuts as well for anyone that wants to come cheer them on!

Please reach out with any questions! We hope to see you there & hope everyone is having a wonderful summer! 😊

– The Crossons

Yes… it’s FREE to ride anywhere on the peninsula. Tourists and locals need to know about this! They pay the operation costs by selling advertising space on the vehicles to local companies. Enjoy!

The City is launching a free transportation option on the Balboa Peninsula starting on Saturday, June 17. The Balboa Peninsula Trolley will operate each Saturday and Sunday through September 3, 2017. It will also be in service on the Fourth of July holiday. The hours of operation are from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Tell your friends and visitors that FREE parking is available to trolley users at the lower Hoag Hospital parking lot at Hoag Drive and Coast Highway. The trolley has 18 designated stops along the route from the Hoag parking lot to the Balboa Pier/Fun Zone area.

There will be four trolleys each day that are estimated to arrive at every stop in 15-minute intervals. The trolleys have a bicycle rack on the front (holds two bicycles), surfboards under six-feet in length can be held on board in an upright position and there is space for your beach gear or groceries too.

To learn more about the trolley, please visit their website at newportbeachca.gov/trolley.

My favorite time of the year on Balboa Island! Shut down Marine Ave for the annual parade and enjoy the entertainment of the locals. Scarlett, Oliver and I had a blast watching the parade and enjoying the after-party. Did you get to see the parade? Were you in it? Next year we are going to get in the lineup… I’m pretty sure that’s what Chris Crosson Sr.​ was trying to tell me from his amazing Sand Castle Kit​ float.

Bridge to Summer of Fun

Just one week until we get to celebrate Balboa Island at the 24th Annual Parade and Party. Music provided by the Fabulous Nomads and BIG Wednesday. Although the parade begins at 11AM, keep in mind that the bridge closes at 10:45. Come early and get some great seats. The parade is a very fun annual tradition on the island where locals enjoy hanging out and watching kids on scooters and bikes, groups of pets, old cars, golf carts, walking bananas, the USC Marching Band and soooo much more. If you see us (Steve, Scarlett and Oliver), please say hi. If you want to be in this years photo album/video, we’d love to take your pic!

Sunday, June 4th at 11AM on Marine Avenue

Balboa Island Parade Video from Last Year

Parade Photos from 2016

Just one week until our Beautiful Outdoor Art Show on Balboa Island, California. Over a Mile of Art and Live Music!

The Balboa Island Artwalk is the premier showcase for talented local artists and marks the start of Balboa Island’s summer season. The 23rd Annual Balboa Island Artwalk will take place Sunday, May 21st, 2017 from 9am to 5pm along the South Bayfront Promenade of Balboa Island. Admission is free. Mark your calendar.

This fine art show features 100 artists exhibiting paintings, fine jewelry, blown glass, sculpture, and photography. Performing musicians include Gary Gould,
Grant Peacock, The Retros, Jim Roberts, Don Ross & Rose, and the Rick Sherman Duo. Limited-edition Artwalk posters and t-shirts will be available for purchase at Diamond & South Bayfront.

Balboa Island Artwalk 2017 Event on South Bay Front

Hi Everyone. I just added a “Community Classifieds” due to popular demand. Here you can reach 20,000 people each month. It’s a great place to post about rentals you offer, services, watercraft and moorings, local news, etc. If you or local business want to let others know about events or are hiring, great for that as well. You can also post wanted, free and lost and found ads. Hope this helps everyone! Neighbors and I thought it would be great to have an online version of our local Index Card boards! – Steve Roose

Visit www.balboaisland.com/community/

Balboa Island Community Classifieds

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