What could possibly go wrong?
Forget the 200-foot-tall Ferris wheel. Venice Beach is about to get a zip line this summer.
The Venice Neighborhood Council this week approved the installation of a 720-foot zip-line ride to run for a three-month trial period, clearing the way for final approval from the California Coastal Commission.
Under the proposal, riders will take off from a 44-foot tower near the skate park to a 24-foot tower at Windward Plaza by the basketball courts. The metal towers will be decorated with local art, and the attraction will bring in much needed revenue to clean up the boardwalk, said Linda Lucks, president of the council.
“The part that really struck us, what’s really positive, is that it wouldn’t take up a lot of space — on the ground or in the air,” she said.
The ride operator, Greenheart Conservation Company, is awaiting final permits from the Coastal Commission and hopes to open by July 1.