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Dogtown boys to inaugurate new Venice Beach Skate Park Saturday

October 2, 2009 |  7:22 am

Jay Adams, Tony Alva, Jesse Martinez and Geri Lewis will be among the professional and amateur skateboarding aficionados on hand Saturday to christen the new $2.4-million Venice Beach Skate Park with a few ollies and tuck knees.

The long-awaited 16,000-square-foot facility near Windward Avenue and Ocean Front Walk, rare because it is located on a beach, features rails, ramps, steps and a bowl that resembles the empty swimming pools where Adams and Alva, among others, gave birth in the 1970s to progressive skateboarding in the Santa Monica and Venice area.

When the city of Los Angeles renovated Venice Beach from 1999 to 2001, skaters urged the city to honor that legacy with an official skate park. Local skaters and pros provided design input, helping to create one of the most challenging arenas around, according to the office of Councilman Bill Rosendahl.

Rosendahl will emcee the event, which is open to the public and slated to begin at 11 a.m. Along for the ride will be as many as 20 pros and about a dozen skater kids from the L.A.area.

--Martha Groves