Plans for 175-Foot Tall Ferris Wheel on Venice Beach Pulled

Plans to erect a 175-foot "Great Observation Wheel" on Windward Plaza have been put on hold.

The proposal to install a 175-foot Ferris wheel on Venice Beach has been put on hold.

Venice Neighborhood Council President Linda Lucks said Thursday that Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl called and told her that the application for the project was being pulled.

"That was good news," Lucks said. "There was a lot of opposition in the community and there was no mitigation for the additional traffic and people."

The United Kingdom-based operator hoped to install the "Great Observation Wheel" on Windward Plaza this summer. The proposal was met with skepticism at a community meeting and this week's Venice Neighborhood Council meeting.

Saltwater April 20, 2012 at 01:39 PM
No loss...
Fred Owens April 20, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Darn! -- Maybe we could get a fleet of blimps to tie up on the Boardwalk, and then have elevators rising up to them. Or build a kind of sky lift, like a chair lift, that carries passengers from the Boardwalk over to Abbot Kinney BLVD. Or build a one-hundred-foot tall Hologram of King Kong chained to the remnants of the break water. Or construct the world's largest miniature golf course....... I guess it's just this urge to build something very large and noisy.
Chuck Mason April 20, 2012 at 02:49 PM
I like your ideas Fred! All good, sound projects that put lots of people to work and improve the quality of life in the area. JUST like a football stadium in downtown L.A.
Hoover D. April 20, 2012 at 02:56 PM
No loss for the residents as it would need more area for parking. This Ferris Wheel or anything like it would be overkill. It would sure be nice if they could find an area to add some parking even if they have to shuttle people to the beach area. Parking is a real problem in Venice.
peter April 20, 2012 at 03:20 PM
about that football stadium, i'll believe it when they start digging up the ground
Todd von Hoffmann April 20, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Actually folks, Venice has a proud lifelong tradition of outlandish stunts and attractions so noted by the great books of Jeffrey Stanton, Moran & Sewell, and author/historian Elayne Alexander. (Elayne is late of the Venice Historical Society - an outfit of dear brave ladies doing a fine job keeping that org. free of historians.) Venice had a Grand Prix street race, high dive and swimming competitions in the Grand Lagoon where you could watch from your rented boat or gondola (now Windward Circle), airplanes landing on the beach, camel rides, an aligator farm, and of course the incredible Venice Amusement Pier (with Ferris Wheel) which this Observation Wheel project reflects. More recently Venice has hosted amazing spectacles like the SuperGirl Jam which built a 35' high ski mountain with something like 50,000 lbs of snow and the massive "American Ninja Warrior" obstacle course - both passed without the apocalyptic reckoning some of the more hysterical opponents showboated at the VNC meeting. The strident joylessness and shame-shame fingerwaving at the Rec & Park and project reps was the most embarrassing part of the night for Venice. How dare Rec & Park propose a revenue stream (as they are obliged to do) that's creative fun and exciting? Great City Attractions (in the ultracool business of going to great expense to create something wonderful) is just in it for the money sez another - shame! (Patch sez spleen ventilation requires a new page- cont.)
Todd von Hoffmann April 20, 2012 at 05:27 PM
(cont. - back from a coffee break) One woman speaker was so zealous and shrill in her condemnation of the Wheel that she could barely contain the pure joy all healthy folks derive from crapping on someone's dream ("Hey, we'll call in the UN-Observation Wheel!!!" - whatever). Sorry but this kind fervor is simply suspect - all I heard from her was a little girl crying, "I Never Got Invited To Prom!". Yes, LA needs to share the wealth that our community attracts - all the more reason to seriously consider cityhood again. Yes, we have terrible parking infrastructure - but ask the owners sometime how brutal some Venetians made the process of building the structure next to James Beach. Some embittered old children posing as adults in this town derive a lot of pleasure from shooting their toes off and throwing them into the air with pride. And yes, we need to finally bring in weekend beach shuttles from huge fallow inland school lots - how hard can that be fercrissake? But something to remember is that Wheel project rep Nigel Ward came here from Edinburg, Scotland to propose something amazing that his company felt would be to our mutual interest and benefit. Yes, Venice is packed with nuts, flakes and soapboxes (mine is draped with our tartan) but guests here and even Rec. & Park reps deserve a little more courtesy and reflective moderation. The tar & feathering zealotry just tars the zealots in the end. If there's a God anyway.
apmarina April 20, 2012 at 06:34 PM
I think an alligator farm would be cool, they could live live in the canals. Oh wait nothing can live in the canals.
Paul Chavez (Editor) April 21, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Curious to see how the community reacts to the proposal for a zip line over Venice Beach this summer -- http://patch.com/A-sBwT
apmarina April 21, 2012 at 08:08 AM
How about running the zip line over the canals filled with alligators? THAT would be interesting.
Fred Owens April 21, 2012 at 01:41 PM
I like the zip line -- it seems to be low-profile, low-impact -- kind of fun and a little zany. The conflict is between "cool" and "carnival." I remember the old Beatniks when there were still a few of them around in the 1970s -- they were cool, and their jazz music wasn't too loud. So I put myself in that school of cool. But the carnival, the hype, the razz-ma-tazz, has a tradition in Venice -- you know, diving horses and sword swallowing alligators -- so a zip line might be all right.
Erika Elayne Alexander April 21, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Too bad! Venice was born as an entertainment town and the homes were added as support for the people who worked there. Now it has turned into a bedroom community and residents do not want the entertainment. The wheel could have served as a gateway to a new pleasure pier in the future.


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