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Photos: A Look at Venice's New Skate Park

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On Saturday, Dogtown finally got its skatepark. The 16,000-square-foot skate plaza on Venice Beach opened with politicians in force and skaters in motion on the park's bowls, ramps, rails, platforms, and steps.

Officially named the Dennis “Polar Bear” Agnew Memorial Skatepark (one of the original Dogtown skaters), the design mimics Dogtown's world of empty swimming pools and urban landscape that gave rise in the importance of modern skateboarding as a sport and culture.

Some of that was lost when the city renovated Venice Beach beginning in 1999 prompting original Dogtowners like Geri Lewis, Jesse Martinez and other members of Venice Surf and Skateboard Association to help birth the new park (and influence its design), uniquely placed on the beach. And their job is not done, they say: "There is still much work to do and in fact the hard part of the project has just begun. The VSA was not only established to build a skatepark but to represent and protect the rights of the surf and sk8 community."

Find it near near Windward Avenue and Ocean Front Walk.