Local professional and amateur skateboarders will be joined by Los Angeles officials Saturday, January 31st, to officially break ground on a beachfront skate park in Venice.

The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. by the Public Art Walls and skate dance area, near Windward Avenue and Ocean Front Walk.

Construction is now under way for a 16,000-square-foot state-of-the-art skate park facility that will join the many other distinctive attractions that are part of the Venice Beach landscape.

The project includes installation of an entry plaza and surrounding walls, construction of concrete walkways, removal of existing rock revetment at the site, restoration of power to an existing lifeguard tower, landscaping and irrigation.

The nearly $2.4 million project is being paid through a variety of city funding sources that were secured by Councilman Bill Rosendahl and his predecessors. Among the funding sources are Quimby funds, Damson Oil Facility restoration funds, Venice Area Surplus Real Property trust funds and capital improvement expenditure programs, a Rosendahl spokesman said.

Features of the new in-ground concrete skate facility include bowls, ramps, rails, platforms, and steps, developed with input from skaters.

RRM Design Group of San Luis Obispo designed the skate park, in collaboration with Wormhoudt, Inc. of Santa Cruz. The project will be built by California Skateparks, Inc. of Upland.