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Venice Beach Zip Line Reaches Final Hurdle

Plans call for a zip line over Venice Beach that will start operating by July 1 for a three-month trial period.

Plans to build a zip line over Venice Beach may soon come to fruition as the California Coastal Commission is expected to vote on the project on Feb. 7.

Discussion over the zip line began in May 2012, when Councilman Bill Rosendahl introduced the idea, which the Venice Neighborhood Council approved on the condition that the ride be dismantled at the end of its three-month trial period. The 750-foot zip line would zoom people between the bike path and the boardwalk near the skate park and Windward Plaza, just before the basketball courts. 

The Coastal Commisionn will have the final say on issuing or denying the temporary three-month permit to Canadian-based Greenheart Conservation Company to install the ride, which is expected to generate about $150,000 during the pilot period. Two-thirds of those revenues would be allocated to improving Venice Beach facilities, such as restrooms and trash bins. The zip-line could be up-and-running by July 1. 

Greenheart estimates the ride will attract between 500 and 1,000 people every day. Rides would cost $20 for the approximate 40-second ride. The hours of operation would be from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. for children’s educational programs and from 11 a.m. to sunset for the general public.

In July 2012, Venice resident Gail Rogers filed an appeal, claiming among other things, that the zip-line would impact parking and obstruct coastal views. However, the Public Works Department board denied her appeal a month later. The city will monitor the zip line’s impact and address residents’ concerns during the three month trial period.

The California Coastal Commission will meet Feb. 7 at 8:30 a.m. at the Redondo Beach Civic Center, located at 415 Diamond St. in Redondo Beach.

carolyn rios January 25, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Visual blight, bigger crowds = less parking, why do we need MOREpeople at the beach?
Sean January 25, 2013 at 11:31 PM
it has been my experience that the CC has already made up its mind whether to approve or deny a project before any meeting, this is probably just a dog and pony show to give the illusion of democracy. Just look at the Marina, with all the new development, so many people fought for years against the mass and scale of the new apartments and the loss of park lands- look to http://www.wearemdr.com/
Sean January 25, 2013 at 11:35 PM
on the issue of blight... zip line, no. storage container, yes. carolyn rios, you are a complicated woman
carolyn rios January 26, 2013 at 12:48 AM
Sean, to clarify, I hate WHERE the locker is, but did not argue that as it is only for 6 weeks. I will be strongly urging them to find another location assuming they do this again next year
David Ewing January 26, 2013 at 03:03 AM
Sean, For better or worse, my experience with the Coastal Commission has been just the opposite. I've seen them change their minds on the basis of what they heard in the hearing on several occasions. This tends to piss off local officials who think they have a ruling in the bag, only to watch it go the other way.
David Ewing January 26, 2013 at 08:04 AM
Patch says the zip line "is expected to generate about $150,000 during the pilot period. Two-thirds of those revenues would be allocated to improving Venice Beach facilities, such as restrooms and trash bins." Since the zip line will attract more people to the beach (despite the company’s denials); and Since the beach and boardwalk are woefully under-served by public restrooms, having less than one toilet for every 6, 400 visitors on an average summer weekend; and Since the City has miserably failed to live up to the terms of the most important agreement it has made with the California Coastal Commission (the Venice Local Coastal Program Land Use Plan), which has called for more restrooms since 2001; and Since the number of visitors using the beach has increased tremendously since that agreement was signed by the City; and Since residents’ yards are being used as latrines in the absence of restrooms, Therefore we shouldn’t settle for a promise. The City should be required to provide new restrooms up front, to keep them open as long as the beach is open, and to maintain them properly. The expense may be recouped from the profits the City is so confident of making from the zip line.
Deborah Lashever January 26, 2013 at 08:24 PM
Yeah, I'll believe it when I see it. Rosendahl also PROMISED over and over again that he would have options for the vehicles that would be displaced by the oversized vehicle restrictions he let happen. Nothing yet....still waiting.... So, David, great suggestion. Let's get this one in writing!
Sean January 27, 2013 at 01:30 AM
looking at the photos/map, I was wondering, will a fence be erected, surrounding the entire ride? may people walk or sit under the zip line?, or is there some liability issue?
concernedneighbor January 28, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Dumbest idea ever. Even dumber than using the word dumbest (and dumber)...
Glenn E Grab January 29, 2013 at 04:54 PM
Sean, of course there's a liability issue....the ambulance chaser's line is forming already....guess who will be paying for the first bad accident or death?.....all of us....
concernedneighbor January 29, 2013 at 07:42 PM
Deborah - can you please explain why you think it's OK for RVs to permanently park and set up shop on our streets - and confirm that you would be totally fine with 5 of them parking permanently in from of your store and/or house?
CV February 04, 2013 at 12:52 AM
David, well put! If Venice Beach is the most visited beach in the US, we should have plentiful and decent restrooms which have attendants on duty.... BEFORE we have a zip line.

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