Congrats to Venice Neighborhood Hero Peter Ruiz
January 03, 2019
Venice Chamber member and Venice Pier Project founder has been named Councilmember Mike Bonin's 2018 Year-End Venice Neighborhood Hero!
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Peter Ruiz is a Venice resident best known for helping others throughout the neighborhood and for dedicating his time to beautify and improve the Venice Pier.
Peter is a passionate and hard-working Venetian who has mobilized the community to revitalize the Venice Pier and give it the attention it deserves. In 2014, Peter officially launched the Venice Pier Project, a program focused on keeping the pier free of graffiti and trash, and making it a community destination that neighbors and visitors can enjoy. Peter is always thinking of opportunities to bring people to the Venice Pier, and he hosts community gatherings there, including “Let’s Go Fishing” - a family-friendly event Peter started to encourage children and neighbors to learn how to fish. More than 100 people joined Peter at the event, where neighbors not only learned to fish but also enjoyed the company of their friends.
Every year, Peter decorates the pier for the July 4th holiday, placing American flags along the rails of the pier and lining the lifeguard tower with stars and stripes. For Christmas, Peter decorates the lifeguard tower with bows and garlands. In 2016, Peter organized the pier’s 20th Anniversary party, which brought out tons of neighbors, the LAFD, and city staffers. He has been deservedly recognized by LA County for his work.
In addition, Peter is an active volunteer in the Venice community. He is on the Venice Neighborhood Council’s Ocean Front Walk Committee, which is responsible for addressing issues and concerns about, as well as planning programs, on the boardwalk. He is a beach captain for Heal the Bay, for which he helps obtain the necessary permits to organize beach cleanups, and monitors the marine protected areas of Venice Beach. Peter also volunteers with the Ballona Renaissance and the Israel Levin Center.
When Peter sees an opportunity to improve the neighborhood, he takes action. Venice is lucky to have such a humble, outgoing, and loving guy doing his part to improve the pier and the spirit of the neighborhood.
Peter’s vision is to unify old and new residents in the Venice community.
Peter Ruiz, Owner