Playland In San Francisco

Playland at the Beach (also known as Whitney’s Playland beginning in 1928) was a 10-acre seaside amusement park next to the north end of Ocean Beach, in the Richmond District at the western edge of San Francisco, where Cabrillo and Balboa streets are now. It began as a collection of amusement rides and concessions in the late 19th century and was known as Chutes At The Beach as early as 1913. It closed Labor Day weekend in 1972.

Many older residents of the San Francisco Bay Area – including three of the staff of Dublin Library – remember Playland-at-the-Beach fondly.   If you’ve seen the carousel located in Yerba Buena Gardens off Fourth Street in downtown San Francisco, perhaps you know that it was originally located at Playland-at-the-Beach.  Have you eaten an It’s-It ice cream sandwich?  The It’s-It ice cream sandwich was invented in 1928 by George Whitney and sold only at Playland-at-the-Beach for 40 years.  After the closure and demolition of Playland, the ice cream sandwich was made and sold elsewhere and can now be purchased in 15 states.

Presenter Frank Biafore, Master of Fabulous Fun at Playland-Not-At-The-Beach in El Cerrito, will show slides and discuss this bit of San Francisco history on Thursday, March 3rd, 2016, in the Dublin Library Program Room.  The program will be from 2:00 – 3:30 PM.