New venice beach skate park was happening on Saturday with tons of skaters and fans coming out to see a lot of the old school pros tear up the bowl. It was so crowded, which is often the case as every local kid wants to be a part of the experience and there just isn’t enough room. Reality is, this thing is 16,000 sq. foot + and it is right on the beach, which is so rad to skate and look at the ocean. I was expecting a big hoopla of tents and more pro skaters but it was really low key for the most part – taking all the “commercialism” out of it and just focusing on the skating.
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. A big thanks goes out to Jessie Martinez and Geri Lewis and others at the VSA who made it all happen… I know the kids will enjoy this for many years to come!