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 the harbor communities of San Pedro and Wilmington. This area has changed dramatically over the past decade, and there is still much more to come. The Port of Los Angeles remains committed to supporting projects that provide additional open space and encourage public access. Below is a snapshot of approved projects underway. 

AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles

AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles is a 35-acre campus bringing people together to expand science-based understanding of the ocean; incubate and sustain ocean-related business; pioneer new ocean-related education programs that accelerate scientific collaboration, facilitate job creation and inspire the next generation for a more sustainable ocean. Built on a historic pier at City Dock No. 1 with access to the deep ocean, AltaSea is a nonprofit organization with a Board of Trustees that oversees its organization, construction and capital campaign. A few notable partners include Southern California Marine Institute, The Boeing Company, NASA and E/V Nautilus with Dr. Robert Bollard.  The 2.1 Megawatt Solar Panels install on AltaSea roof was completed in 2022. Berth 58-60 warehouse improvements began in early 2023.

Avalon Promenade and Gateway Project

The Avalon Promenade and Gateway Project involves the construction of a pedestrian bridge along Avalon Boulevard to provide pedestrian access to the future Wilmington Waterfront Promenade. The Los Angeles Harbor Commission approved a $1.5 million contract with engineering firm T.Y. Lin International to design the 1,300-foot-long walkway. The total project cost is $65 million, will be paid by the Port of Los Angeles.  The construction timeline is November 2024 through May 2027.

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Life Support Replacement System

The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Life Support System Replacement Project involves replacing the existing Life Support System (LSS) which was built in 1981 and is in poor condition. All current equipment and structures will be replaced with modern, energy efficient equipment with upgraded security features.
  • The Life Support System Replacement Project includes four primary saltwater habitat zones; Touch Tank Zone, Rocky Shores Zone, Sandy Beach Zone and Big Tank Zone, representing 20,000 gallons of saltwater filtration. 
  • The project will begin in summer of 2023 and is expected to be completed in less than a year.
  • The total cost of the project is $2.8 million, with the City of Los Angeles contributing $2 million and the Port of Los Angeles contributing the remaining amount or $900,000.

Front Street Beautification Project

  • The Front Street Beautification Project broke ground on March 9, 2023
  • This project is designed to enhance connectivity and public access to the LA Waterfront for both the communities of Wilmington and San Pedro
  • Completion of the project is expected in 2024
  • Project cost is $10.3 Million

West Harbor (formerly San Pedro Public Market)

Plans for West Harbor include 42 acres of restaurants, shopping, fresh markets, office space, and a waterfront promenade with ample outdoor space and an open-air amphitheater for live entertainment. Construction of the City Improvements has begun, with a project cost of $53.7 million and include a 30-foot wide promenade, town square for public gatherings, events and parking, restroom facility, floating docks, and landscape/hardscape improvements. The developers, The Ratkovich Company and Jerico Development, are expected to invest approximately $160 million in this redevelopment. West Harbor broke ground November 12, 2022 and is expected to open in 2024.

San Pedro Public Market
Wilmington Waterfront Promenade

Wilmington Waterfront Promenade

Creating a “window on the waterfront” for the Wilmington community, this project includes a waterfront promenade, pedestrian plaza, parking lot, realignment of Water Street adjacent to the railroad tracks and parking northwest of Banning's Landing Community Center. Project improvements to the eight-acre site include landscaping, irrigation, signage, lighting, as well as site furnishings such as public seating, bike racks and public drinking fountains. Construction is due to be completed in mid 2023, with a total project cost of $71 million, paid by the Port of Los Angeles.
last updated 2-27-2023