Venice zip line speeds ahead after board denies residents' appeal
Angelenos and tourists alike could soon be speeding over the Venice boardwalk on a new zip line.
On his blog Friday, Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl’s staff announced that the Los Angeles Board of Public Works unanimously denied an appeal by residents who opposed the project because of concern about noise, access to the beach and ocean views.
The pilot program will now head to the California Coastal Commission for a permit. The potential launch date will likely be in August or September, depending on when the commission takes up the issue.
A zip line is an elevated cable ride that "zips" harnessed riders along at high speeds, powered only by gravity. Originally slated to open July 1, the Venice zip line has been delayed in part because of the appeal.
Greenheart Conservation Co. had planned to install a 720-foot zip-line ride along the boardwalk in time to capitalize on the busy summer foot traffic. Officials hoped to draw up to 400 riders a day at $20 per thrill.
Greenheart co-founder Ian Green said he wasn't pleased with the prospect of a possible fall opening.
"That's why the goal was to open in summer, where you're guaranteed to be successful," Green said. "I don't know if we should open up in the fall and hang out in the fog."
City officials approved the ride for a three-month trial, with a percentage of gross revenue to fund maintenance of the boardwalk.
Rosendahl’s office said that he and supporters hope the zip line will specifically generate revenue to maintain bathrooms and clean the beachfront park
The project gained approval from the Venice Neighborhood Council in May and needed one last approval from the California Coastal Commission. But the commission could not review the project until the appeal cleared.
-- Matt Stevens and Frank Shyong