PORT OF LOS ANGELES BREAKS GROUND ON TOWN SQUARE AND NEW SEGMENT OF LA WATERFRONT PROMENADE
The Port of Los Angeles has officially broken ground on the $33 million LA Waterfront town square and promenade. The project, which will connect San Pedro’s Downtown Harbor to the future San Pedro Public Market development, was designed by Port staff in collaboration with James Corner Field Operations, designer of the High Line urban park in New York City.
“Today’s groundbreaking represents an important step toward realizing our vision of a thriving LA Waterfront,” said Jaime Lee, President of the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners. “This new modern and public space will provide residents and visitors exciting ways to enjoy the waterfront, while also offering a front row view at the nation’s busiest port.”
“Projects like these continue to improve the quality of life in our local communities, while also building tourism and stimulating further economic development in the region,” said Gene Seroka, Executive Director at the Port of Los Angeles. “The town square and promenade are among several improvements underway this year, making 2020 a big year for our visitor-serving waterfront.”
The public space will serve as an important link to the San Pedro Public Market, slated to start construction this spring.
“As a long-time resident of San Pedro, I’m very proud of all that our Port and community has done to bring the vision of the LA Waterfront to life, project by project,” said Harbor Commissioner Anthony Pirozzi, Jr., who officiated the groundbreaking ceremony. “This new public gathering space is going to be an exciting and welcome addition to our community.”
“Today we celebrate a major milestone as we break ground on the San Pedro promenade and town square, which will become the front door to the new LA Waterfront,” said Los Angeles City Council member Joe Buscaino. “These new spaces will be a gathering place for locals and visitors alike to enjoy the waterfront, outdoor events, dining and more. "
-LA City Councilman Joe Buscaino
Features of the 1.9-acre, 30-foot wide promenade and four-acre town square will include “harbor swings,” public seating, landscaping, hardscaping, signage, architectural finishes, handrails and lighting. In response to growing tourism and visitors to the LA Waterfront, the project will include construction of public restrooms as well.
“The promenade and town square are integral components of the San Pedro Public Market, a world-class destination and community gathering place unprecedented in LA’s waterfront history,” said Wayne Ratkovich, founder and CEO of The Ratkovich Company, one of the founding developers of the project along with Jerico Development. “We are excited to partner with the Port of Los Angeles to continue the evolution of San Pedro and further connect this historic, resource-rich Los Angeles community with the larger Southern California region and visitors from around the world.”