New mesh mat to be installed at Venice Beach, providing better access to visitors using wheelchairs

City News Service
Thursday, April 8, 2021
Mat to be installed at Venice Beach for better wheelchair access
Venice Beach is trying to make it easier for visitors who use wheelchairs to access the sand by installing a special mat that will lead all the way to the water's edge.

VENICE BEACH, LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- Venice Beach is about to become more accessible to visitors, especially those who have difficulty crossing the sand.

Next Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors will unroll a new access mat near the Venice Boulevard beach parking lot.

The mat, which will start at the Marvin Braude Bike Trail and end in a "T'' shape closer to the water's edge, will be accessible annually from roughly spring through fall.

"One of the great joys of going to the beach is spending time on the sand near the water,'' said 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.''

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A mat made of nylon mesh will be unrolled next week at Manhattan Beach to help provide better access to the water, especially for those with mobility challenges.

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

The Venice Beach mat will be the eighth to be installed by the Department of Beaches and Harbors. For an interactive map of all access mat and beach wheelchair locations, visit

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