Picnic Terraces & Pavilions, 1950s-1965

FLAMINGO, TANGERINE, TURQUOISE & YELLOW TERRACES

Kids enjoy the 4th of July in 1962 at one of the four small terraces north of the Swimming Pool. Photo: Salt Lake Tribune

Four new terraces were added north of the Swimming Pool in the late 1950s or early ’60s. The four buildings were arranged two by two. It’s uncertain if the names ever changed, but going back to at least the ’80s their names were based on the colors they were painted – Yellow, Turquoise, Tangerine and Flamingo (pink). The terraces were still in use after the pool area became Lagoon-A-Beach in 1989. Some time after 1996, the two west terraces (Tangerine and Flamingo) were converted for use as locker buildings and the fence around the water park was moved so Lagoon-A-Beach patrons could easily access them. All four buildings were demolished in 2010 to prepare for construction of BomBora, which opened there in 2011.

BIRTHDAY PARTY TERRACE

Artwork depicting the new Birthday Party Terrace for a 1966 coloring contest. Image: Deseret News

The Birthday Party Terrace was a small, round shelter in or around Mother Gooseland in 1966. It’s unknown when it was removed – possibly in the 1970s or ’80s.

REUNION TERRACES: BONNEVILLE, ENSIGN, UINTAH & WASATCH

Illustration of the new Reunion Terraces in 1965. Image: Deseret News

Four terraces, intended for family reunions, were designed by Lagoon manager Ranch S. Kimball. The walls were made of cinder blocks, including decorative, open-work blocks that were very popular at the time. They were laid out in a row along Lagoon Lane (a public road at the time) near the old East Entrance. They were named (from north to south) Wasatch, Uintah, Ensign and Bonneville. In the 1990s, Lagoon Lane and the property on the other side of it became part of Lagoon. The two southern terraces, Ensign and Bonneville, were removed to make room for a new restroom building. The two northern terraces that remained became the Bonneville and Ensign Terraces respectively. (The Uintah & Wasatch names were later given to a couple of newer terraces east of the old Lagoon Lane). The last two of the Reunion Terraces were torn down in March 2015 and replaced by the larger, steel Honey Locust Terrace.

Bonneville Terrace (originally the Wasatch) in 2014. Photo: B. Miskin
Ensign Terrace (formerly the Uintah) in 2014. Photo: B. Miskin

LINKS

List Of Picnic Terraces & Pavilions

SOURCES

New Picnic Terraces Near. Deseret News, 26 May 1965.

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