Re: Playland Memories from a Whitney family relative owners of Playland

08/25/03 - posted by John Martini

Warren: Your posting is interesting but you were in error when you stated "George Whitneys kids inherited the property after his death in 1972."

George Whitney Senior died in 1958 and management of his extensive properties was turned over to his wife, daughter, and son, George Whitney, Jr.

In the early 1960s, however, George Jr. and his mother had a falling out and she sold her controlling interest to a new partner named Bob Frazier, who was able to take control of Playland At The Beach. George then focused his operations on Sutro’s and the Cliff House. Another real estate restructuring took place around this time that resulted in Mr. Whitney relinquishing control of the Baths. In turn, he and his sister took total control of the Cliff House, north annex (Pronto Pup), and adjacent vacant property.

George Jr. eventually bought out his sister to become sole owner of the Cliff House properties, and sold the site to the National Park Service in the late 1970s. He used the money from the sale to buy a yacht and sailed extensively for many years. In addition, he was an avid private pilot and owned and flew a variety of small aircraft.

Mr. Whitney died in September 2002 in Friday Harbor, Washington, at 80 years of age.

John Martini

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