Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Venice Beach Skate Park

Venice - It can be argued that Venice Beach a.k.a. Dogtown is where skateboarding was created. Home to pioneering skateboarders the Z-boys, it only makes sense to build a state-of-the-art skate park in Dogtown.

On Saturday, January 31 the Department of Recreation in Parks with Councilmember Rosendahl (11th District), City Engineer Gary Lee Moore, Geri Lewis (Executive Director of Venice Surf & Skateboard Association) and Professional Skateboarder Jesse Martinez officially broke ground for the Venice Beach Skate Park.

The $3.5 million skate park will be approximately 16,000-square-feet and will feature bowls, ramps, rails, platforms and steps. The new park will be in-ground concrete and will include an entry plaza, walls, fencing, walkways and landscaping. All of these features create a unique design that incorporates street and vert skating, allowing skateboarders to flow in and out of the different styles.

The park, which will be built by California Skateparks Inc., is expected to be completed in October 2009.

Jane Kolb: (213) 928-9294
Amy A. Garcia: (213) 928-9289