Venice Beach has become more accessible to visitors, especially those who have difficulty crossing the sand. On Tuesday, April 13, the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors unrolled a new access mat near the Venice Boulevard beach parking lot.

“One of the great joys of going to the beach is spending time on the sand near the water,” said L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, whose district includes Venice. “Now, with the use of this new mat, people who have difficulty negotiating the sand can more fully and safely enjoy a glorious day at Venice Beach.”

Made of a fine nylon mesh, beach access mats are designed for people who use wheelchairs or may otherwise need a firmer surface to traverse the sand.

The mat starts at the Marvin Braude Bike Trail and end in a “T” shape closer to the water’s edge. The mat will be available annually from roughly spring through fall.

Semi-permanent mats are part of DBH’s efforts to ensure everyone can visit the County’s iconic beaches; the Venice Beach mat will be the eighth. Beach wheelchairs remain available.  For an interactive map of all access mat and beach wheelchair locations, visit beaches.lacounty.gov/access.

View April 13, 2021 photos below by Venice Paparazzi.

Thank you to LA County Department of Beaches and Harbors for utilizing our photography services, and for these amazing and well needed beach access mats!

VP captures this lovely couple using the newly installed Venice Beach mat!

Venice Paparazzi’s Alex and Edizen on the scene!  Fun!

Thanks to the Department of Beaches and Harbors staff for your hard work!  You rock!

The Venice Beach access mat is located on the beach next to the parking lot,  2100 Ocean Front Walk. Venice, Ca 90291.   For more Venice info: visitveniceca.com

About Department of Beaches and Harbors: 

The Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors manages Marina del Rey harbor and 25 miles of beaches along the Los Angeles County coastline, including world-famous Zuma, Malibu, Surfrider, and Venice beaches. In addition to promoting and maintaining a clean coastline, DBH operates Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey.  For more information, visit our website at beaches.lacounty.gov.

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For an interactive map of all access mat and beach wheelchair locations, visit beaches.lacounty.gov/access.