The LA Waterfront consists of a series of waterfront development and community enhancement projects blanketing more than 400 acres of existing Port of Los Angeles property in both San Pedro and Wilmington. In 2009, the Los Angeles Harbor Commission approved the San Pedro Waterfront and Wilmington Waterfront development programs. Since then, a variety of projects have come to fruition. This page will provide you with more details about the largest waterfront development underway in the United States.

Ports O' Call Village Development and Infrastructure Improvements

The Ports O' Call Village development site includes 3,000 linear feet of rare water frontage and 375,000 square feet of retail and tourism-related entitled uses. Located at the south end of the Harbor (I-110) Freeway, the site is conveniently accessible to downtown Los Angeles and other key areas of Southern California. The parcel was developed as Ports O’ Call Village in the 1960s and was a popular regional destination for many years. The property is located just south of San Pedro’s historic downtown business and is within walking distance from the Port’s World Cruise Center, which sees hundreds of thousands of cruise travelers each year. Other attractions within walking distance include the Battleship IOWA and CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles.

The Financial Feasibility Analysis for the proposed Ports O’ Call redevelopment commissioned by the Port in 2014 is available for public review. The study analyzed the size, scope and elements of a development concept presented by the LA Waterfront Alliance (developer) and provides project size and scope recommendations to enhance the performance of the proposed project. To review the report, click here.

Ports O' Call Community Outreach Meeting, November 2013


Sampson Way Realignment

The proposed expansion of Sampson Way into a scenic boulevard along the west perimeter of Ports O’Call Village, and the creation of an extensive network of public promenades, bikeways, and Coastal Trail connections will facilitate public access throughout the waterfront area to better connect the waterfront with downtown San Pedro and the surrounding community.


Plans call for Sampson Way to be realigned and accessed by successive intersections near 7th Street that are designed to calm traffic and provide additional pedestrian access. Expanded to two lanes in each direction, Sampson Way will sweep by Ports O’ Call Village along an expansive curve near the Municipal Fish Market to meet 22nd Street. Harbor Boulevard will remain in place with proposed enhancements consistent with the visual cues throughout the project.


The new connection of Harbor Boulevard and Sampson Way at 7th Street will provide a gateway to the waterfront and an improved sense of place for the San Pedro Municipal Building. Grand terracing makes use of the slope differences as the roadway moves south of this location to draw the eye both down to the waterfront and up to Plaza Park. Access to Plaza Park will be improved and the open space adjacent to the municipal building will be reconfigured to serve this historical building.


Pedestrian access from Beacon Street to Downtown Harbor will be improved with marked crosswalks and wayfinding cues to provide improved community access to the new waterfront amenities.


Sampson Way Design Workshop #3


Sampson Way Design Workshop #2

Sampson Way Design Workshop #1

Sampson Way Conceptual Design Presentation to the Pacific Corridor CAC



Downtown Harbor (2014)


Downtown Harbor uncovered 1.2 acres of existing waterfront between Fire Station 112 and the Los Angeles Maritime Museum. Previously a parking lot, the space has been revitalized with a new harbor inlet for recreational vessels to dock free of charge for up to four hours. Surrounding the inlet is a modern town square and pedestrian promenade that features trees and landscaping, decorative lighting, a picnic area, and an overlook pier.


Artistic elements accent the public open space. Mirroring the illumination of downtown San Pedro, LED lights are strung among the palm trees, identical street pole lights outline the plaza’s perimeter, and “Warner Grand” art deco pathway bollards dot the water’s edge. The area gives a nod to its historical, maritime roots, preserving 20 of the Maritime Museum’s nautical artifacts, such as anchors, a torpedo and a turret. The town square also features a public plaza and open amphitheater ideal for upcoming community events.


The official public art installation, “The Ship Chandler,” by artist Mark Dion, is an approximate 9-by-12-foot cabin comprised of salvaged materials that represent the Port of Los Angeles during the 19th century. Designed to be viewed from the outside looking in, the structure is located in the plaza area near the Los Angeles Maritime Museum. Bench seating and wood tables by local San Pedro artist Harold Greene feature inlaid nautical flags that correspond to a letter in the alphabet. At each table corner, flags spell out P-O-L-A for Port of Los Angeles.


Construction of Downtown Harbor began in March 2012 and was completed in June 2014 at a total cost of $32 million. The water cut was designed by Moffatt & Nichol Engineers and the town square Downtown Harbor landside was designed by Tetra-IBI Group and AECOM. Reyes Construction and Sully-Miller completed construction.


The North Promenade extension near Battleship USS IOWA is a landscaped area includes park benches with a waterside view. Entrance is on Harbor Blvd., just north of Downtown Harbor at 5th Street.


San Pedro Downtown Harbor Design Presentation


San Pedro Downtown Harbor Workshop


San Pedro and Wilmington Promenades Presentation



Wilmington Marina Parkway (2014)

Wilmington marina occupants and local boat owners at the Port of Los Angeles are now enjoying the new Wilmington Marina Parkway, three acres of landscaped promenade along Anchorage and Shore roads, just west of the Terminal Island Freeway SR-103, in Wilmington.


Nearby marinas with immediate access to the parkway include California Yacht, Cerritos Yacht, Island Yacht Anchorage, Holiday Harbor, and Lighthouse Landing marinas. The parkway abuts the former Colonial Yacht Anchorage Marina, now vacant, which is the designated site for the future Wilmington Youth Sailing Center.

Amenities include landscaping and irrigation, with more than 200 trees and 2,500 shrubs planted along 2,000 feet of a paved, meandering path. Picnic tables, park benches, trash/recycle receptacles with built in solar-powered trash compactors, and pet stations add to the visitor-friendly environment.


Construction began in June 2013 and was completed by Pima Construction in February 2014, at a total cost of $1.2 million, paid by the Port of Los Angeles through China Shipping mitigation funding.



CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles (2012)

Historic Port of Los Angeles Warehouses 9 & 10 were converted by Santa Monica’s Bergamont Station redeveloper, CRAFTED, who was tasked with the challenge to retain the maritime and industrial history of the vintage, wood-frame structures, and revitalize the warehouses to accommodate vibrant, new visitor-serving uses that complement existing and future development of the San Pedro Waterfront.


CRAFTED comprises a community of one-of-a-kind local artists, handmade goods, gourmet concessions, live music and entertainment. The indoor venue boasts 140,000 square feet between both warehouses, with 500 vendor stalls, spacious aisles and natural lighting, plus a large outdoor courtyard. At full occupancy, it is estimated that the marketplace could attract up to 500,000 annual visitors to the LA Waterfront. Select juried artists at CRAFTED lease spaces to sell their own original items year-round.


The unique marketplace offers free admission, ample parking, public restrooms and ATMs for convenience. For more information, visit


• CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles presentation



Cabrillo Way Marina (2011)

Cabrillo Way Marina is a 700-slip marina covering 87 acres of land and water in the West Channel/Cabrillo Beach Recreational Complex, located south of 22nd and Miner streets. The project updated a decades-old marina facility and added about a mile of public waterfront promenade. Construction of the marina began in 2009 and was completed in 2011 at a total cost of $125 million, making it both the largest LA Waterfront and non-terminal construction project at the Port of Los Angeles.



Wilmington Waterfront Park (2011)

The Wilmington Waterfront Park, formerly known as the Harry Bridges Boulevard Buffer Project, was designed as an element of the Berths 136-147 (TraPac) Container Terminal Project Environmental Impact Report (EIR) approved by the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners in 2007 to provide public open space between Port operations and adjacent residences in Wilmington. The EIR called for the “widening of Harry Bridges Boulevard and constructing a new 30-acre buffer area between “C” Street and Harry Bridges Boulevard.” The park was constructed on adjacent, vacant Port-owned property.


After a series of public planning workshops that began in 2004, a plan to take a sustainable, strategic approach to the area was approved in 2007. The Port of Los Angeles with design consultant team Sasaki moved forward with the community-supported plan that offered never-seen-before views of the Wilmington waterfront. Construction began in 2009 and the Wilmington Waterfront Park officially opened to the public in June 2011 at a total cost of $55 million.


The Park is a 30-acre largely contiguous landscaped area, between Harry Bridges Boulevard and C Street to the north, from Figueroa Street to Lagoon Avenue to the east. The El Paseo Promenade provides a pedestrian and bicycle connection from the east to the west end, continuing for approximately nine blocks.


Consistent with the EIR, Harry Bridges Boulevard is in the process of being widened and realigned in its original location. The roadway will remain a two-lane highway in each direction with a landscaped median strip. With the exception of King Avenue, which remains open to vehicular traffic, all of the north-south streets crossing the park have been closed, with Wilmington Boulevard and Mar Vista, McDonald, and Neptune Avenues remaining accessible to pedestrians.


The area’s topography now consists of a low landform (16 feet) along the northern edge of the project with gentle grades, landscaping with grass, trees, and other planted material, hardscaping, paths and walkways, benches, water features, pedestrian bridges, restrooms, drinking fountains, binoculars, a children’s playground, and two buildings. The park is open to the public and an ideal space for family gatherings, children’s play, performance arts, walking, bicycling, sitting, and community events.


Wilmington Waterfront Project Readers Guide


Wilmington Waterfront Project Final Environmental Impact Report/Statement (FEIR/FEIS)


TraPac Container Terminal Project (includes Harry Bridges Boulevard Buffer Project) Final Environmental Impact Report/Statement (FEIR/FEIS)


TraPac Container Terminal Project (includes Harry Bridges Boulevard Buffer Project) Draft Environmental Impact Report/Statement (DEIR/DEIS)



22nd Street Park (2010)

22nd Street Park is an 18-acre park on the site of a former tank farm in San Pedro across from 22nd Street Landing at the Port of Los Angeles.  The first new park built in greenspace-challenged San Pedro in years, 22nd Street Park is part of the Port’s efforts to redevelop waterfront properties for the benefit of the community. It offers walking and biking trails, shade trees, a bocce ball court, restrooms, ample parking and more than four-acres of flat grassy area for recreation -- all with a water view.


The park, bounded by 22nd Street, Crescent Avenue and Miner Street in San Pedro, was planted with 500 trees, 1,700 shrubs and 4.5 acres of sod.  The park includes a sloped area near Crescent Avenue and 22nd Street, which had previously included native and non-native/invasive plants and a freshwater marsh.  The Port took great care to remove the invasive species while preserving and enhancing the marsh and native plants in creating the new park.  A pedestrian path was created from the elevated Crescent Avenue area down into the park flatlands to provide an up-close view of this native habitat. In addition to the native and drought-resistant plants, other environmental features of the park include use of recycled water for landscaping maintenance (“purple pipe”) and bioswales for stormwater management.


The included elements and design of the park are the result of local community input from public meetings and a design workshop.  Construction of the park began in June 2006 and was completed in January 2010 at a total cost of $10.5 million. 



Gateway Plaza and Fanfare Fountains (2008)

The Fanfare Fountains & Water Features at Gateway Plaza, located at the bottom of the Harbor Boulevard exit off the I-110 Freeway, features choreographed water jets, synchronized to music and lights, building a dramatic waterfront entryway for visitors.


From an overhead view, the fountains are shaped to resemble a sailboat. The twin fountains are obliquely bisected by a 12-foot walkway that sits 12 inches below the basin level of the fountain. A black granite infinity edge creates a waterfall over the basin ledge and into a trough flowing under the walkway, giving visitors an unforgettable experience of walking through water.


Just north of the two main fountains lies a reflection pool across Swinford Street. A short walk south on the Harbor Boulevard Parkway Promenade is the interactive fountain at Second Street and Harbor Boulevard. At this location, there is no boundary between people and water, and visitors can get as wet as they like in jets that leap playfully out of the pavement.



Warehouse 1 Outlook (2005)

One of the most amazing views of the Port can be had from the Warehouse 1 Outlook. From this vantage point, you can see down the Main Channel and out to the Pacific Ocean. The Outlook area offers parking, a lighted outlook platform and benches to enjoy the view. The Outlook is adjacent to Warehouse 1, the oldest warehouse at the Port of Los Angeles - notice the gargoyle downspouts!



Los Angeles Cruise Ship Promenade (2004)

The Los Angeles Cruise Ship Promenade is the first dedicated open space and public boardwalk at the Port of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Cruise Ship Promenade includes four acres of prime waterfront property, situated between the Vincent Thomas Bridge and World Cruise Center in San Pedro. The Promenade is located at the intersection of Swinford Street and Harbor Boulevard and is easily accessible from the Harbor Boulevard off-ramp of the I-110 and CA-47 freeways.


Updated San Pedro Waterfront Project Summary

San Pedro Waterfront Project Final Environmental Impact Report/Statement (FEIR/FEIS)


San Pedro Waterfront Project Draft Environmental Impact Report/Statement (DEIR/DEIS)

San Pedro Waterfront Project Readers Guide


San Pedro Waterfront Project Notice of Preparation/Intent (NOP/NOI)


San Pedro Enhancements& Errata Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND)



Port of Los Angeles Waterfront Red Car Line (2003)

The Port of Los Angeles Waterfront Red Car Line was a 1.5-mile vintage trolley line connecting the World Cruise Center with attractions along the LA Waterfront. Restored and replica Pacific Electric Red Cars were designed to serve the area with both transportation and enjoyment purposes.


As of September 27, 2015, the Port of Los Angeles suspended operations of the Waterfront Red Car Line in preparation for the Sampson Way Realignment Project near Ports O' Call Village. During construction along Sampson Way at 7th Street and Harbor Boulevard, the San Pedro Waterfront Trolley, operated by San Pedro Business Improvement District, will enhance trolley service routes to ensure visitor mobility will continue without interruption.


2015 Waterfront Red Car Line Overview Presentation


2009 Waterfront Red Car Line Expansion Feasibility Report


2009 Waterfront Red Car Line Expansion Feasibility Report (Appendices)


2003 Waterfront Red Car Line Fact Sheet