A community youth center offering services such as water sports camps has opened to the public at Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey.

Los Angeles County officials, including Supervisor Don Knabe, held a dedication ceremony for the new Dockweiler Youth Center Wednesday, October 21st.

The new 8,800-square foot youth center consists of a 3,000-square foot room that will be used for meetings and will be available for rental by the public, as well as an outdoor patio with an ocean view. A three-station administration area will be utilized by county Department of Beaches and Harbors staff who will be operating the day to day operations of the facility.

The Water Awareness, Training, Education and Recreation (WATER) program will use the new facility for its established activities and camps that bring youths from all over Los Angeles County to the beach where they participate in aquatic sports including surfing, sailing, body boarding and kayaking.

The youth center will also be used as a recreational facility with the implementation of recreational programming including eco-beach walks, arts and crafts for children, yoga, dance and cooking classes and shore fishing.