Jesse Martinez in the forefront of the Venice Beach skate park (Photo: Luiz Calado)
For over 20 years, Jesse Martinez has been spearheading the materialization of a skate park in Venice Beach.
Yes, the results of his labor are becoming a reality – the construction is now in advanced stage and the buzz lately is all about opening day.
Yet, the work is far from over. Once the park is open to the public, there will be still a number of matters to be handled.
This past Friday, I met with him at the site, snapped some images and talked about what lines up in the horizon for what promises to be one of the hottest skateboarding spots is SoCal.
Safety, for example, is an key issue to be addressed when the place is up and running. Although helmets and pads may not be mandatory, according to Jesse, the concern about injuries at the site will always remain and the Venice Surf & Skate Association (VSA) may enforce an age-related regulation directed at the younger skaters.
Since the park will not be fenced, safeguarding the facility against graffiti, tagging and vandalism (specially overnight) is another priority that is likely to require some type of private security.
Still, according to Jesse, a number of companies have demonstrated interest in the park and revenue could be generated through advertising, demos, contests, etc., with the proceeds going towards the park maintenance expenses.
Because of logistics and the nature of building, Jesse preferred not to forecast an official date for opening. So, at least for now, you can step inside the construction site with these exclusive 360-degree and panoramic views.