VCF Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for Beach Access Project

Saturday, December 5th, 2009, the Venice Canals Foundation held their annual raffle and the Ground-Breaking Ceremony for the Venice Beach-Venice Canals Coastal Access Path. Designed by landscape designer Zack Freedman and spear-headed by committee chair persons Maxine Leral and Rhonda deVictor, the VCF project has been in planning/permitting for a couple of years. The project will landscape the empty dirt lot (owned by the City of LA) between 2500 Pacific and Strongs Drive.

And the raffle winners were … 1st prize of $750 went to Canals resident and VCF boardmember Marianne Wisner who graciously donated the money to VCF; 2nd prize of $500 went to Kathleen Widen of Chino Hills and 3rd prize of $100 went to Grant Riley of Century City.

Over 75 people attended the function including Michael Espinosa of City of LA, Kara Kemmler of Coastal Conservancy and Councilman Bill Rosendahl.

Approved landscaping design for the Coastal Access Project.

Approved landscaping design for the Coastal Access Project.

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Co-chairs Maxine Leral and Rhonda deVictor.

Breaking ground ... (from left to right) Zack Freeman, Kara Kemmler of the Coastal Conservancy, Rhonda deVictor, Councilman Bill Rosendahl, Maxine Leral, Mark Grant from Rosendahl's office, and Michael Espinosa of City of LA.

Breaking ground ... (from left to right) Zack Freeman, Kara Kemmler of the Coastal Conservancy, Rhonda deVictor, Councilman Bill Rosendahl, Maxine Leral, Mark Grant from Rosendahl's office, and Michael Espinosa of City of LA. Onlooking are Mark Galanty and Nadine Parkos.

Rhonda, Maxine and Mark receive a comendation from Bill Rosendahl.

Rhonda, Maxine and Mark receive a comendation from Bill Rosendahl.