Ventura’s Beach Bike Path Open Again!

Jeff Belzer of Ventura Makos Surf Camp sent me an email reminder that the Surfers Point Ribbon-Cutting (and Beach Cleanup) is this Saturday! So ride your bike over to celebrate!
Saturday July 16, 2011
 Beach Cleanup 8:30 – 10am
Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony  10:30 am
Free Parking at the Ventura County Fairgrounds – follow the event signs

This means we can once again ride our bikes along the promenade and the beach and up the Ventura River Trail Bike Path to Main on our ArtRides just in time for the August 5 “Freewheelin Farmers” ArtRide!
The Surfers’ Point bike path closed last winter for construction but the project has been 18 years in the making. The project provides major improvements to the area after the parking lot and bike path were heavily damaged by beach erosion. Key benefits of the
project include relocating the bike path and beach parking lot further inland out of harms way and protecting these improvements with cobble rocks that are buried under beach sand. The project also includes a new underground storm water filtration system to improve beach water quality by preventing pollutants from reaching the Ventura River Estuary and ocean. For more information visit
The public is invited to the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Ventura County Fairgrounds Surfers’ Point and bike path project, located at the Surfers’ Point parking lot, Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 West Harbor Boulevard, on Saturday, July 16 at 10:30 am. A beach clean-up sponsored by Volunteer Ventura! ( and co-host Surfrider Foundation, Ventura County Chapter, will be held before the ceremony from 8:30 am – 10 am.

You might also want to watch “Saving the Ventura River Part One” Santa Barbara ChannelKeeper Youtube video interview with Ben Pitterle above.
PS My son attended a few days last summer and I really like Jeff and his staff. If your kid wants to learn how to surf, I  recommend Jeff Belzer of Ventura Makos Surf Camp–drop in at $60 a day!

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