CITY COUNCILMAN BILL ROSENDAHL joins various community members at the Venice Beach Canal project groundbreaking. From left: Zack Freedman, Kara Kemmler, Rhonda DeVictor from Venice Canals Foundation (VCF), Bill Rosendahl, Maxine Leral (VCF), Mark Grant, Michael Espinosa, and Mark Galanty (VCF).

Venice community members, led by the Venice Canals Foundation, and City Councilman Bill Rosendahl broke ground on the Venice Beach Canals Access project on Pacific Avenue Saturday, December 5th.

The project effort began in April 2004, when the City of Los Angeles gave local Realtor Rhonda DeVictor of Keller Williams Realty permission to install a pathway and landscape a parcel of city land at Pacific Avenue and 25th Street through the city’s Office of Beautification program.

As residents from the beach and canals became excited about the effort and gave their support, the project grew to include an easement on the historic Venice Canals, said DeVictor.

The project then received a $100,000 grant from the California Coastal Conservancy and the nonprofit Venice Canals Foundation was formed to receive the funds, said DeVictor, foundation treasurer.

The Coastal Conservancy funds, along with matching funds from the City of Los Angeles will be used to bring the access project to fruition.

Rosendahl and his staff helped to coordinate the efforts between the Venice Canals Foundation, city Bureau of Street Services and Coastal Conservancy, DeVictor said.