“The Boardwalk is a virtual sidewalk circus, a walk ‘n’ rolling skin show.”
Venice Beach – Los Angeles, California (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)
Venice is a beachfront neighborhood on the Westside of Los Angeles. Known for its canals, beaches and Ocean Front Boardwalk. During the summer season and on weekends, there is street entertainment at every intersection along Ocean Front Walk, a two-and-a-half-mile pedestrian-only promenade. Street performers include instrumental musicians, singers, jugglers, acrobats, mimes, comics, magicians, prophets, fortune tellers, and other assorted entertainers.
Venice Beach is the headquarters of the Lifeguard Division of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Located at 2300 Ocean Front Walk, it is the nation’s largest ocean lifeguard organization with over 200 full-time and 700 part-time or seasonal lifeguards. The Los Angeles County Lifeguards safeguard 31 miles of beach and 70 miles of coastline, from San Pedro to Malibu, and also provide services to Catalina Island. In addition to providing for beach safety, Los Angeles County Lifeguards have specialized training for Baywatch rescue boat operations, underwater rescue and recovery, swiftwater rescue, cliff rescue, marine mammal rescue and marine firefighting.
City of Los Angeles Dept of Recreation and Parks: http://www.laparks.org/venice/venice.htm
Los Angeles County Dept of Beaches and Harbors: http://beaches.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dbh/home/detail/?current=true&urile=wcm:path:/dbh+content/dbh+site/home/home+detail/venice+1
A fun local blog about Venice: http://www.yovenice.com/