In two weeks, more than 800,000 people are expected to attend the Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival. It is one more successful chapter in the long history of the first public beach that was established in 1895.
As Mayor Brian Arrigo stated in a story in this week’s Journal, Revere Beach is a hidden gem of the Boston area, a true treasure for residents of this city to admire and enjoy.
Of course, the beach has changed over the years. Longtime residents will remember the amusements that once lined the beach, from Sandy’s Arcade and its skeeball and pinball machines, to the Nautical Bowling Lanes to the miniature golf courses, to popular rides such as the Dodge’Em, Tilt-A-Whirl, and Roundup – to the food establishments such as Danny’s, where you could buy a fantastic foot-long hot dog to Rudolph’s, where the pepper steak sandwich was unmatched – those days remain special to anyone who grew up here and spent many a summer day “down the beach.”
Some of the great food places remain – from Bill Ash’s to Bianchi’s to Kelly’s Roast Beef – where the hot roast beef sandwich was invented.
But there are new residences, the most recent being the Vanguard Waterfront Square Apartments with their spectacular oceanfront views. The vision of our previous city leaders has become a reality and Mayor Arrigo said he is looking forward to continuing the progress while working with the City Council and our delegation on Beacon Hill – Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, State Rep. RoseLee Vincent, and State Sen. Joseph Boncore.
We haven’t even illuminated on the William Reinstein Bandstand, where beachgoers would gather for performances by musicians and bands on hot, summer afternoons. The beach’s new status as one of the cleanest urban beaches in New England is also something we all can be proud of.
We agree with Mayor Arrigo that the beach will always hold a special place in the hearts of all Revere residents.
It’s nice to know that residents beyond our borders love our beach as must as we do.