Some of the crazier ideas posted on Imagine Long Beach (I like crazy)

mock_up_FINAL1ab9ceThis is the start of an ongoing series where I spotlight a handful of ideas which have been submitted to the crowdsourcing-Imagine Long Beach website. For those who are out of the loop, Imagine Long Beach is a place where your dreams become reality. If you don’t know what that means, go here and read about it. Come back when you are done.

Are you done? Ok, let’s continue.

Today we look at some of the the crazier submissions. Some of these seem far fetched, but they’re inspired from what exists in other communities. So just how crazy can they really be?? If you like any, go to IMAGINE LONG BEACH and register. Your feedback is extremely important in actually getting this stuff done.

Crazy Idea # 1 Pedestrian Bridge over Reynolds Channel (LINK)

Amsterdam-Pedestrian-BridgeThis would bring safer pedestrian access to our neighbors across the channel. I absolutely love this idea. Why? Because it’s insane, but it also points out a sad reality: The Michael Valente Long Beach Bridge is dangerous and scary for non-motorists to cross over.This pedestrian bridge does seem insane, but still…. safer access really is needed.

Speaking of the Michael Valente Bridge, let’s stick a lighthouse in the middle of it! (That’s Crazy idea #2: Long Beach Lighthouse of Hope)

Crazy Idea #3 Surf Park / Wave Dome (LINK)

A giant domed waved pool for surfing. Wait a minute…. don’t we already have a giant body of water with surfing waves? We do, but this idea is to make Long Beach more of a major surfing destination and also create an entire industry (think jobs & money) that could benefit Long Beach for many years to come.


Crazy Idea #4 East End Dog Park (LINK)

Originally posted on this blog in September (LINK), the East End Dog Park has made its way to Imagine Long Beach and it’s giving a dog-run for their money… Many people are LIKING it. Perhaps doing something with those medians isn’t such a bad idea after all? And dog run? Yep, the demand is there! WHO KNEW?DogPark-660x391

Crazy Idea #6 Zip Lines! (LINK)


I did a post on these zip lines the other day (LINK), so definitely check out the proposal. Still… zip lines at the beach? SOUNDS CRAAAAYZEEEY! Guess what? It’s getting a lot of positive feedback!!

Crazy Idea #7 Horseback Riding on the beach (LINK)

Screen Shot 2013-11-21 at 11.42.34 AMPeople love horses, so I can see this being extremely popular..Me personally, I want that horse manure for my garden. That’s why this idea gets my LIKE.

Crazy Idea #8 LB Minor League Baseball Stadium (LINK)

*Jun 17 - 00:05*Take me out to the ball game on the bay. This idea is insane, but think about it… Put this on the bay and you won’t have any parking issues near the beach. It can also be used as an outdoor concert venue. Suffolk has the LI Ducks,Coney Island has the Cyclones. I would definitely pay to see the Long Beach [insert team name here].

Crazy Idea #9 Superblock Development (LINK)

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Superblock!! Yep, we have a greater chance of seeing Superman fly over Long Beach than actual Superblock development. Sure, there are rumors how this November Trump Jr was supposed to announce his two 15-story tower plan, but is anything going to really happen there? I won’t believe it until a shovel hits the ground. ? Too many rumors, too many stories, too many lawsuits. That is why I’m putting this in the CRAZY IDEA category.


There are plenty more where that came from, so go to Imagine Long Beach and check it out. Next time I’ll talk about the ideas which seem completely obvious and have you dumbfounded why they aren’t here already.


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10 thoughts on “Some of the crazier ideas posted on Imagine Long Beach (I like crazy)”

  1. Since the Superblock will remain empty for the foreseeable future- cant they at least make it less of an eyesore!?! Why can’t they can landscape or pave it (something simple). This way when they set up booths in it etc. it doesn’t look like a dump!!! I’m sick of Long Beach looking like a dump.

  2. “Having some wide open space to see the beauty of the Ocean is NOT an eyesore!”

    True, but the super block is.

    “Get real! Or go to Coney Island for your fun and games with these stupid ideas!”

    Ahhh- there it is. Don’t like something in long beach – parking, waldbaums, another sports bar being built- get told to leave.

  3. Beach Lover, I have no problem with the block remaining empty but not as it is. Twisted metal, nails, debris and weeds– this makes the town look like a dump. And they do set up fairs there already – and when they do it looks ‘dirty’. It should be cleaned up!

  4. We have gone from one extreme to the other. The carnival atmosphere and rides had become a bit seedy, but oh they were fun! We used to come down from Northport just for the boardwalk and rides. When the nicer buildings were built LB went to the other extreme and banned everything. Personally, I think there should be a few places along the boardwalk for casual use. Maybe like Peter’s Clam Bar in Island Park. The key is to have responsible owners that maintain a good neighbor atmosphere.

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