Many magical miles

Boyhood memories of former Lake Enchanto amusement park

COLORFUL PAST—Richard Alba with the old kiddie cars he rescued from a 1970s amusement park ride that was destined for demolition at Lake Enchanto in the Santa Monica Mountains. Courtesy of Brian Rooney Richard Alba first laid eyes on Lake Enchanto in 1957 when he and his family attended a picnic at the popular playground in the Santa Monica Mountains.
Only 9 years old at the time, the boy from Van Nuys was awed by the sight of the mountains, but it was the distinctive, 64-acre amusement park wit...

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