Ger-I Lewis is angry!
He came across a press release that says:
“…on September 6, […] the Supergirl Jam will hit Venice Beach in conjunction with the opening of Venice's amazing new beachside skatepark. The skateboarders will be the first to compete in Venice's brand new skatepark, christening the unique course with their skill and finesse.”
As reported by this column here (back in April) and again here (in June), the VSA, which was formed in 2000, has been in the frontline of the battle for the construction of a world class skate park in Venice Beach from the very beginning.
Now, the skate park is about to open – but the fight is far from over.
“Let it be known that the members of the VSA will not tolerate this event or any others that have not been approved by VSA. The VSA is the sole community organization DIRECTLY responsible for the creation of the skatepark. We will not allow L.A City [Department of] Recreation and Parks to upsurp the VSA's efforts and/or steal the VSA's RIGHT to celebrate, organize and produce the Grand Opening of the Dennis Agnew Memorial Skatepark.”
In the VSA blog archives there are several accounts of the struggle they have been facing against the L.A. DRP. I followed up with Ger-I and he replied:
“… this [event] is not going to happen. […] The VSA is opposed to this sell out. We are opposed and angry at being ignored by Dept. of Recreation and Parks who did absolutely nothing to get the park built...”
Expect to see follow ups on this story as an interview with Ger-I is in the works.