Just in Time for Summer
Just in time for the start of Memorial Day weekend, the Department of Recreation & Parks has re-opened the Venice Pier!
Ever since brutally strong surf ripped the bathroom and a guardrail from the pier in December, we have been relentlessly nagging city staffers to fix the pier and get it open to the public once again. Last week, engineers gave the final blessing, saying there had been no structural damage and the pier was once again safe for locals, for visitors and for fishermen.
Bill, joined by John Kirk Murki of Recreation & Parks, former Councilwoman Ruth Galanter, and community representatives, cut the ribbon and reopened the gates late this afternoon. Within minutes, the pier has filled with scores of visitors, enjoying a great sunny Venice afternoon.
The quick fix is functional, but not quite cosmetic. We'll be doing some more permanent repairs in the coming weeks.
So head down to the beach end of Washington Boulevard, enjoy a nice dinner, and take a stroll on the pier.
-Mike Bonin, Chief of Staff