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Los Angeles Waterfront

Los Angeles Waterfront

San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA

This award-winning legacy planning and urban design project recasts over seven miles of neglected urban waterfront as a world-class destination for the region.

Spanning almost 400 acres, the LA Waterfront has been undergoing a major transformation, thanks to significant investment and improvements by the Port of Los Angeles and LA Waterfront stakeholders. Home to dozens of unique attractions, historical sites and special events year-round, the LA Waterfront offers visitors more things to do, see, and experience than ever before. From iconic landmarks to museums, coastline promenades to seaside dining, this hidden gem 25 miles south of downtown Los Angeles is a renewed place for discovery, entertainment, and adventure.

The plan includes:

  • a comprehensive open-space system with an expansive water’s edge promenade
  • a great civic “central park”
  • public gardens
  • a new Downtown Harbor
  • public piers
  • a cruise terminal
  • new marinas for additional boat activity areas
  • future public parking structures
  • major landscape improvements
  • roadway realignments and improvements, and
  • public art installations

Perkins Eastman (formerly EE+K) successfully completed the master plan and entitlement phases of the project, to fulfill the client and community needs, goals, and objectives for enhanced waterfront access. The Port of Los Angeles invested $600 million between 2005 and 2015, and will invest another $400 million between 2015 and 2025 through the Public Access Investment Plan, for a total investment of $1 billion. The plan was developed as a result of broad public outreach and community meetings that resulted in input from more than 500 participants and multiple community based organizations.

Project Facts

  • Client:

  • Port of Los Angeles (POLA)
  • Size:

  • 400 acres
  • Services:

  • Master Planning, Entitlement
  • Markets:

  • Planning + Urban Design
  • Region:

  • United States
  • Studios:

  • Los Angeles


  • 2012 Merit Award in Engineering Excellence by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)
  • 2011 Best Project Award in the Landscaping/Urban Planning category by Engineering News-Record (ENR) California Magazine
  • 2011 Project of the Year Award by the Southern California Chapter of the American Works Association (APWA)
  • 2009 Excellence on the Waterfront Award
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