Temporary Ice Rink Planned for Venice Beach Over Winter Holidays
Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin during a public meeting last week introduced plans for a temporary ice skating rink this winter on Venice Beach.
Bonin during a March 18 visit to the Venice Neighborhood Council board meeting said more needed to be done to create a family-friendly environment in Venice Beach.
He pointed to city success stories at MacArthur Park and Pershing Square as examples of positive programming that turned formerly rundown areas into family-friendly environments.
Bonin said he was looking for an idea that would provide additional revenue to Venice Beach while providing a positive attraction.
“I’ve often thought what could be more iconic, and nowhere else but in Los Angeles, could you ice skate down on the beach with views of the ocean,” Bonin said.
The councilman said he mentioned the ice rink idea to the non-profit Los Angeles Parks Foundation that fundraises on behalf of park projects and they ‘immediately reacted with enthusiasm and support.”
Bonin said the goal was to have the temporary ice rink up this winter with a good bulk of revenue staying in Venice to clean-up restrooms and other support services.
Vicki Israel, assistant general manager for the Department of Parks and Recreation, said the plan was to locate the ice rink on Windward Plaza.
The parks department has successfully run the Pershing Square holiday ice rink since 1998 and it has become a downtown tradition.
The Venice Beach on Ice attraction would be open from mid-November to mid-January.
Plans call for one-hour skate sessions with half-hour breaks between sessions for a mini-Zamboni machine to clean the skating surface. The facility would include an office and rental station for ice skates.
The temporary ice rink would require approval from the California Coastal Commission.
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