Aerial view of the new Venice Beach Recreation Center. "Above, an aerial view of the new Venice Beach Recreation Center. Windward Avenue and Ocean Front Walk, which will be officially dedicated and placed into service in ceremonies scheduled at 8 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday, October 21). Mayor Samuel Wm. Yorty and Councilman Karl L. Runberg, 11th District, are honorary co-chairman [sic] of the committee in charge of arrangements for the two-day celebration which will mark the new facility's opening. The Venice Beach Recreation Center was designed by the Architectural firm of Vernon Duckett and Associates and built by contractor William J. Shirley at a cost of $867,000, with financing under provisions of the City's recreation and park bond fund" -- typed note attached to verso. Both, verso and note dated, "Friday, October 20, 1961".; Streetscape.