On Saturday, Sept. 25, Terranea Resort will pay special tribute to its historic location on the former grounds of the Marineland waterpark, with the first Marineland reunion. Partnering with Pacific Beach Life, Terranea will welcome back former Marineland employees, along with residents and people with fond memories of the marine park, many of whom have not been back to the property since the park closed nearly 24 years ago. The reunion will be the first gathering of former employees on the Marineland property since the park closed on Feb. 11, 1987.
“We’re thrilled to have the Marineland reunion at Terranea. We have an awesome responsibility to this beautiful and historic site and the resort was painstakingly developed to care for this irreplaceable land,” said Terri Haack, managing director of Terranea Resort. “A visit to Rancho Palos Verdes and Terranea is a journey to the Southern California lifestyle of a bygone era —epitomized by Marineland — that emphasizes an appreciation and reverence for casual outdoor living and respect for nature.”
Activities throughout the day will include:
• A guided walk illustrating Marineland places of interest
• A sea lion release on the beach with the Marine Mammal Care Center (MMCC)
• A special Marineland Happy Hour at Nelson’s restaurant
• A Nelson’s themed dinner in the Marineland Ballroom
• Fundraiser/silent auction
• Music from the Bone Daddy’s
• Presentations by former Marineland employees
The price for the event is $80 per person.
Partnering with Terranea for this festive occasion is the Marine Mammal Care Center (MMCC), supported by The Foundation for Marine Animal Husbandry. MMCC will be present at the event with an informational/educational booth; arts and crafts for kids; an interactive mock rescue and intake of an animal where experts coach kids through what it is like to do an intake on a new patient; and SPLASH, the Care Center’s sea lion mascot. Proceeds from the live auction will benefit the MMCC at Fort McArthur.
Guests can register and purchase tickets for the event online. Special room rates are available starting at $205 per night at the resort’s website (use the promotional code “Marineland2010” to book).