Venice Beach Skate Park Opening This Saturday Oct. 3!

It’s been a long summer awaiting the opening of the new Venice Beach Skate Park. Nikki’s and the Townhouse are about to get a bit busier!

Press Release:

ROSENDAHL TO CELEBRATE GRAND OPENING OF VENICE BEACH SKATE PARK
Public Invited

Who: Los Angeles City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl
Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky
Jon Mukri, general manager of the Department of Recreation and Parks
Gary Lee Moore, City Engineer
Geri Lewis, executive director of the Venice Surf and Skateboard Assoc.
Jesse Martinez, professional skater
Jay Adams, professional skater
Tony Alva, professional skater

When: 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 3, 2009

Where: On beach near the Public Art Walls (“Graffiti Walls”) and existing
skate dance area near Windward Avenue and Ocean Front Walk
Venice Beach, CA 90291

What: Councilmember Bill Rosendahl will join professional and amateur skaters from around the country to celebrate the grand opening of the long awaited Venice Beach Skate Park.

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The Venice area is widely credited as the birthplace of modern skateboarding and skaters have long frequented the Ocean Front Walk area. When the City of Los Angeles renovated Venice Beach in 1999-2001, skaters demanded the City honor that legacy and build an official skate park. City officials responded, and this weekend a new 16,000 square foot skate facility now joins the many other distinctive attractions that are part of Venice’s landscape.

Design input from local skaters and skating professionals helped make the Venice Beach Skate Park one of the most challenging arenas for skaters to ride. The facility rivals other skate parks around the world but stands out as one of the only skate parks located on a beach.

The $2.4 million project was paid from a variety of City funding sources secured by Rosendahl and his predecessors: Quimby Funds, Damson Oil Facility Restoration Funds, Venice Area Surplus Real Property Trust Funds and Capital Improvement Expenditure Programs.

4 thoughts on “Venice Beach Skate Park Opening This Saturday Oct. 3!

  1. travis vs.

    I am not local to Venice. But, I am for sure going to come down and skate it. Venice is such a different experience each time I go. Too many skate spots have been ruined by locals. For example, go ahead take 5 turns ahead of everyone else to land your Sh*T. I’ve skated at Venice 2 or 3 times with no problems. I actually had fun and was comfortable amongst the chaos. True skaters leave each other alone- & will even encourage you to raise your performance if you are skating with others who are better than yourself.
    We all know Venice has a circus vibe. Hopefully, people will let those who want to skate just skate. In my 25 + years of skateboarding I’ve only been to one Skate Park where something went down. It was because a nonskater tried to get in the mix and sell drugs to some little kids. Unacceptable. I hope the Venice skate park doesn’t become a ces pool for stuck up locals or druggies. Thanks.

  2. Dr Larry Scalzo

    cool, great for skatebaording , wish they had a track for slalum evnts , but i havent even seen the pictures of it yet , we need one of these in orlando with slalom track , maybe i’ll try to get it goping someday , Dr scalzo p.s if pictures please send . larry Scalzo

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