It's new –
Young and not so young, scores of skateboarders and their supporters cheered the opening of the long-awaited Venice Beach Skate Park on Saturday.
"Let's cut the ribbon and let's go skate," said Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, whose district includes Venice.
"It's a great day," said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. "People from all over Southern California and the world come to Venice to get a slice of this unique community. Now, skateboarders from all over Southern California and the world will come here."
The mayor is right. It's at Windward Avenue and Ocean Front Walk, a few steps from the ocean, with ramps, steps, rails, and bowls like the empty swimming pools where the Z-Boys - Venice's hometown Zephyr skateboard team - "reinvented skateboarding" in the seventies out here. It will be named after legendary Z-Boy skater Dennis "Polar Bear" Agnew (no relation to Spiro). There's nine-foot deep "Deep Pool" – no rail, no steps, you skate your way out. There's the smaller "Flow Bowl" if that is too much for you.
If you can't make it out here, rent the 2005 movie, Lords of Dogtown – all about the Z-Boys, with Heath Ledger, before he was The Joker, as the guy who owned the Zephyr Skate Shop and started all this.