O:Venice Canals walk May 18th 2013 at 3 pm
sponsored by Little Hikers
Let's explore the Venice Canals
"NiCE AN EXOTIC FEATURE OF DEVELOPER ABBOT KINNEY'S VENICE OF AMERICA, the Venice Canals were furrowed into coastal marshlands to bring a taste of Italy's famous waterfront city to Southern California. Consisting of over two miles of navigation, the scenic canal system made local transportation around the neighborhood a part of the Venice attraction.
Leisure gondola rides on the water would deliver visitors to area casinos, a social-club house, an aquarium, a dance pavilion, and amusement parks. After Kinney's death and the city's reincorporation into Los Angeles, however, most of the canals were cemented over or filled in. It would be decades before a restoration effort would save the last remaining canals and return them to pristine condition"
Walk is mostly flat, 2 miles, about 100 ft elevation gain. Paved unless we go to the beach for extra fun.
Meet at 3 pm at the Grand Canal entrance on the north side of Washington Blvd between Pacific Avenue and Dell Avenue, 2 blocks from the beach.
Bring 1 liter of water, shoes, snacks, hat, sunscreen. All minors need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. All Sierra Club rules apply.
Leaders: Salud Salinda and John Wilson