The Venice Pier reopened Thursday, May 25th. It had been closed since large waves pounded the pier December 21st and caused enough damage for Department of Recreation and Parks to close the pier and deem it structurally unsafe.

Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, former City Councilwoman Ruth Galanter and city officials joined community members at the reopening, just in time for the Memorial Day weekend, the traditional kickoff of summer.

The pier has temporary walls and barriers to replace the guardrail that was torn off during the storms.

With funding secured by Rosendahl, the temporary barriers will be permanently replaced in the next few weeks, restoring the pier to its former appearance.

The current pier officially opened in 1965 as the Venice Fishing Pier.

Built as one of a series of marine recreational developments under a statewide recreation program, the pier was designed specifically to meet the needs of Southern California sports fishermen.

During the 1990s, the pier suffered extensive damage from several storms and was forced to close.

Under the direction of Galanter, who secured millions of dollars in Proposition A funds, the pier was rebuilt and reopened in 1998.

Since 1998, the Venice Pier helped spur an economic revitalization along Washington Boulevard, Rosendahl said.