Hot Off The Press: Muscle Beach Gets Much Deserved Makeover!

Muscle Beach weight pen getting new flooring and equipment! Grand reopening ceremony: 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 17, 2008. See the destruction that took place beforehand!

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Muscle Beach Is Getting A Makeover
New Flooring & Equipment Will Be Installed In The Weight Pen

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    City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks
    Public Information Division 1200 W. 7th St., Suite 700
    Los Angeles, CA 90017
    phone: (213) 928-9200
    fax: (213) 928-9288

Donations are covering the cost to install new flooring and weightlifting equipment at the Muscle Beach weight pen, which is part of Venice Beach Recreation Center, a City of Los Angeles Department Recreation and Parks facility at 1800 Ocean Front Walk.

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Donations Are Covering The Cost To
Install New Flooring & Equipment.

Bodybuilding.com and HeadBlade, Inc. are paying for the makeover with gifts that could be as much as $45,000 and $17,500 respectively. Bodybuilding.com purchased the equipment that will be installed by Miami Fitness after it replaces the flooring which HeadBlade is covering.

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Bodybuilding.com Purchased The New Equipment And
HeadBlade, Inc. Will Be Covering The Floor.

The equipment was manufactured by Star Trac, which will provide maintenance for the first five years, and both components come with a 10-year warranty. The weight pen, which last got new weightlifting equipment in 1991, will be closed beginning May 5 to allow the work to be done; a grand reopening ceremony will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, 2008.

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The Last Time The Weight Pen
Got New Equipment Was In 1991.

In addition to a ribbon cutting, Walk of Fame plaques for the five 2007 inductees into the Muscle Beach Venice Bodybuilding Hall of Fame will be unveiled. The honorees are Jack La Lanne, Franco Columbu, Deforrest "Moe" Most, Tony Pearson, and Abbye Stockton; they'll join 23 others who were enshrined when the Walk of Fame opened last year. La Lanne, Columbu, and family members of Most, who died in 2006, are expected to attend the May 17 event.

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Walk Of Fame Plaques For The
2007 Inductees Will Be Unveiled.

One of the originators of the fitness movement, La Lanne also received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007, and following the ceremony, the 93-year-old will sign and give away 200 copies of his new book "Fiscal Fitness."

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Jack La Lanne Will Be Giving Away
200 Signed Copies Of His New Book.

For more information about Department of Recreation and Parks events, activities, services, programs, and facilities, go to www.laparks.org, or call 311, or (213) 928-9200.

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A Grand Reopening Ceremony Will Be
Held At 2:00 p.m. On Saturday, May 17, 2008.

Media Contacts

  • Harvey Drut: (213) 928-9296, or cell, (323) 816-6711
  • Jane Kolb: (213) 928-9294, or cell, (323) 816-6712

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Photos From The Grand Reopening Ceremony

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At The Grand Reopening.

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Cutting The Ribbon.

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Franco Columbo's Hall Of Fame Plaque.