Ribbon Cutting in Celebration of Beautification Project
The Ventura Harbor Village beautification and revitalization project features a new Channel Islands Plaza and a Kelp Corridor as the first phase of the Village Master Plan intended to be the ‘front door’ of the bustling Village. Rich in details, the project includes award-winning decorative concrete finishes with more than 68 feet of giant sea kelp imprinted in the concrete. The project features color-changing LED lights, a 70-foot inlay of the Channel Islands National Park’s five islands, a new waterfront fire pit, a redesigned seaside Promenade stage, 6 kelp sculptures, new landscape and palm trees, and sea-themed decorative elements along the meandering pathways which adorn the entrances to the many Harbor Village boutiques and galleries that flank it. Future projects identified in the master plan include a series of intimate courtyards and paseos throughout the five-acre Harbor Village and areas for public art, outdoor patios to increase tenant lease space, and informational signage and family elements. Live music on new seaside Harbor Village Promenade stage entertains guests on weekends throughout the year.
The Ventura Harbor Village revitalization provides a greater sense of place that will stimulate economic growth for the benefit of visitors and the local community. The Port District retained RRM Design Group to prepare a comprehensive Village Master Plan to knit the many public spaces together in a cohesive and harmonious way. New informational signage on the Channel Islands National Park, courtesy of the Channel Islands National Park, is being added in March.
An official Ribbon Cutting was hosted by Ventura Chamber of Commerce and the Ventura Port District for the completion of the Ventura Harbor Village beautification project.
Oscar Pena (second from left), Ventura Port District General Manager joined other dignitaries in dedicating the revitalized Harbor Village waterfront commercial zone as Port Commissioner Chairman Ev Ashworth cuts a ribbon of the giant kelp to symbolize the new décor, sculpture and inlay of the beautification project. To Pena’s left is City of Ventura Councilmember, Jim Monahan, and to his right are Port Commissioner Nikos Valance; Ev Ashworth; Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Stephanie Caldwell; Port Commissioner Vice-Chair Brian Brennan; City of Ventura Councilmember Christy Weir and granddaughter Avery Weir, and Ventura Port District Deputy General Manager Brian Pendleton.