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Westwood Council May Oppose Venice Zip Line

The motion opposing the proposed attraction at Venice Pier is on the council's Wednesday meeting agenda.

The Westwood Neighborhood Council may take a stand against a Venice Beach zip line that could generate revenue for Los Angeles' cash-strapped parks department.

A motion on the council's Wednesday meeting agenda says the attraction is "perceived to be incompatible with the historical values and vision of our city's parks as they will have negative traffic, noise and visual impacts." To read the full text of the motion, click the PDF image to the right.

Mark Herd, the councilmember who wrote the motion, said Westwood residents should be able to voice an opinion on the zip line.

"It's our beach, we use it too in Westwood and (Los Angeles City Councilmember) Paul Koretz has to vote on it, and he's our representative," Herd said. "Giving him direction is a good thing."

As a former Venice resident, Herd said he is concerned about the impact on parking near the beach in Venice if the zip line is approved. He also said using city parks to raise money for the city is concerning, especially if it eventually happens in Westwood.

"Do you think putting a zip line in Holmby Park would go over well?" Herd said. "I lived right there and I care about that area."

Herd spoke to Westwood-Century City Patch before the council's Wednesday meeting. He is unable to attend the meeting when the council may consider his motion.

The Westwood Neighborhood Council meets Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the .

In Venice, the proposed 600-foot zip line has been on the table since May. The ride would be owned and operated by Greenheart Conservation Company, based in Canada.

A , but that plan was criticized by the community and ultimately stalled.

The Venice Neighborhood Council approved the proposal in May, but with conditions: two-thirds of gross revenues must be spent on maintaining Venice Beach, and the ride must be taken down at the end of the three-month trial period.

In June, the Los Angeles City project at Councilmember Bill Rosendahl's request.

Rosendahl said at he hoped the permit application would be in front of the California Coastal Commisison at its August meeting and the ride, which can be assembled in 72 hours, could be open in time for Labor Day.

The Parks and Recreation Department must come up with $30-40 million of its $185 million budget. About 16 million people visit Venice Beach each year, which has attracted the interest of private entertainment companies willing to split revenue with the city, .

The Venice Neighborhood Council in May voted 8-6 with three abstentions in favor of the proposal with 15 conditions attached. Those conditions included a pledge that two-thirds of gross revenues be spent on Venice Beach for maintenance and enhanced services and that the attraction be dismantled at the end of the three-month trial period.

Rosendahl said he hoped the permit application would be in front of the California Coastal Commisison at its August meeting and the ride, which can be assembled in 72 hours, could be open in time for Labor Day.

To read complete coverage of the Venice Beach zip line proposal, check out Venice Patch.

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Alicia July 11, 2012 at 09:02 PM
The Greenheart mission is very unique. We are not out to just make money off of tourists we have heart and a plan that reflects our deep connection to local community's. We set out to do this project to have a positive affect on the local community. I am a long time Venice resident and an aerial acrobat. My neighbors would see me rehearsing in my back yard and ask when are you going to go set up at the beach. I remember when I first moved to Venice and the boardwalk was covered performers and slowly through the years I watched the performers become replaced with drug addicts and runaways. It was our hope that we could build the zipline and use the profits to create a circus arts school that would offer free classes to under privileged youth in the area. These are kids that would not other wise get a chance to learn such things like Street Theater, Ocean Awareness, Empowerment classes for Young Girls, Aerial Acrobatics, Yoga, and Dance. We then wanted to allow these kids the opportunity to put on a show, showcasing their hard work for their community. We wanted to give them something to be proud of and we wanted to give the community a reason to come together. We are continually reconfiguring our program trying to meet the changing needs and timing of permit availability. It is our goal to create something positive that touches the hearts of the local community and helps to generate money to keep our beaches clean.
venicebeachpress.com July 15, 2012 at 12:35 PM
The City Council has wasted too much money over the years and is trying to ruin our parks to make more money. They don't have to implememt any conditions that the Venice NC requested. The Venice NC rubberstamped Rosendahl's proposal and those who voted for the zipline should be replaced since they have no real interest in improving the quality of life of the residents of Venice who spend way too much time trying to find parking when they come home. People who live in Venice WANT parking and traffic solutions, not AMUSEMENT PARKS in their back yard. Westwood residents spent years getting a parking structure built in Westwood. Why doesn't Venice address the parking issues first? Venetians want parking solutions, not amusement parks in their back yard that just add traffic, noise and visual blight.

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