Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wildwoods Sign to be fully refurbished in November

The Wildwoods Sign at Boardwalk & Rio Grande Avenue will undergo a full refurbishment in two phases next month, beginning Monday, November 3rd.

Here's the official release, including some very interesting facts about the signage.

We're finding it hard to believe that this iconic landmark is only 7 years old!


Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement & Development Authority Announces Refurbishment Plans 
for Iconic Wildwoods Sign 


The Wildwoods, NJ – October 15, 2014 – The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA) announced plans to refurbish the destination’s seven-year-old landmark Wildwoods Sign located on the Boardwalk at Rio Grande Avenue.

The nine front, brushed aluminum letters and blue background letters that make up the 80-foot-long, 19-foot-high iconic sign – coined ‘the Hollywood sign of the East Coast’ – will be completely refurbished and resurfaced – restoring the sign to its original luster commencing on November 3, 2014.

The project will be completed in two phases so that the letters 'WILDWOODS' will always be visible. Phase one will consist of removing the front letters, leaving the background letters intact. Phase two will entail reinstalling the front letters of the sign with newly refurbished and refinished letters; then taking down, refinishing and replacing the background letters.

The entire process is scheduled to take approximately two weeks to complete.

The Wildwoods’ Webcam will continue to stream live HD video of the sign 24-7 so that onlookers who cannot visit the sign in person during this process can view its progress online at

“The Wildwoods Sign was unveiled in 2008, and since then, we have welcomed millions of visitors to touch, lean on and pose with the sign for once-in-a-lifetime photographs and memories. Needless to say this, and the salt air and winds, has dulled the sign’s original finish,” said John Siciliano, executive director of GWTIDA.

“The refurbishment will bring the sign back to its original condition for everyone’s enjoyment for years to come,” he added.

Since its unveiling in 2008 the Wildwoods Sign has been a sensation – a must-see New Jersey icon and a landmark for the Wildwoods. The impressive entryway and sign, that reads ‘WILDWOODS,’ was designed by Philadelphia architect Richard Stokes.

Positioned throughout the surrounding 500-square-yard foreground leading up to the sign itself are 34 concrete beach balls, each weighing between ½ and one ton and standing between 24” and 36” in diameter.

The sign has been photographed by thousands of media outlets and millions of visitors and tourists. The landmark is easily visible from roadways, the Boardwalk and the beach – due to its size and colorful surroundings.

Its prime location has not only made it a major tourist attraction for photo opportunities, but has also become the ideal backdrop for major outdoor events, weddings, class pictures, TV broadcasts, press conferences, etc. – the list goes on.

Positioned just two blocks away from the Wildwoods Convention Center at the entryway to the Wildwoods, the sign attracts tourism visitors and visitors year-round from conventions, banquets, meetings and trade shows that take place within the Convention Center.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit or call 800-992-9732.      


About the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority

The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA) was formed in 1993 to consolidate the tourism economy of its three founding municipalities: Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood. The Tourism Authority operates the Wildwoods Convention Center and acts as the island’s destination marketing organization overseeing the development, research, planning, marketing, advertising, promotion, public and media relations encompassing the tourism, meeting and convention industry in the Wildwoods. Additionally, the Authority funds, assists with and hosts more than 180 annual special events to enhance the visitor experience and extend the tourism season, including the Beach Monster Mash Truck Races, Family Nights On The Boardwalk, Friday Night Fireworks, the New Jersey State Barbeque Championships and Anglesea Blues Festival, Classic Car Shows, the International Kite Festival, Irish and Italian Festivals and the National Marbles Tournament, among others.

The Wildwoods have won numerous travel and tourism awards, heralding the resort for its beaches, boardwalk and attractions. The Wildwoods were named among the top three Boardwalks in the nation as a Best Boardwalk for Food by; #1 Boardwalk in the nation by in 2014, 2013 and 2012; among the ’10 Great Towns, Villages and Neighborhoods in the World for Architecture’ for their Doo Wop architecture by CNN Travel; and the Wildwoods’ Morey’s Amusement Piers were named in 2014 among the Top 10 Piers by Coastal Living Magazine.  In 2013 the Wildwoods were also recognized as one of the Most Awesome Boardwalks in America by; as the Favorite Shore Town by Delaware County Daily Times readers; as the Favorite Beach and Boardwalk by readers; the Top Family-Friendly Beach Town by; and as One of America’s Top 10 U.S. Tourist Towns by families voting in FamilyFun magazine. In 2012 Smarter Travel named the Wildwoods Boardwalk, one of “Americas Best Boardwalks.” 

For more information about the Wildwoods, contact the GWTIDA at 800-WW-By-Sea (800-992-9732) or visit its web site,

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