'Springsteen' Park Named Historic

Thursday, October 19th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) — A 113-year-old amusement park immortalized by Bruce Springsteen has been designated a historic site.

Palace Amusements once housed a ferris wheel, carousel and shooting gallery. In ``Born to Run,'' which became Springsteen's first hit single in 1975, he sang, ``beyond the Palace, hemi-powered drones scream down the boulevard.'' And he filmed part of his 1987 ``Tunnel of Love'' video on The Palace's turn-of-the-century wooden carousel.

The singer, who is from nearby Freehold, has always been associated with Asbury Park and included photographs of the town on the cover of his first album, ``Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.''

The park will appear in the state's Register of Historic Places, and officials are lobbying for its designation as a national landmark.

The Palace, which is physically deteriorating and was closed down by the city in 1988, was slated for destruction two years ago until Springsteen loyalists lobbied for its landmark status.