Playa del Rey Ghost Town To Be Restored

Coastal Commission approves plan that will restore area with native vegetation.

The California Coastal Commission on Thursday approved a plan that will restore part of the abandoned neighborhood west of Los Angeles International Airport to its native state.

The once-thriving neighborhood known as Surfridge was demolished in the 1960s and 70s as LAX grew and the sound of jet-planes flying directly above people’s homes forced residents to leave.

After Los Angeles World Airpots, the land’s owner, submits final plans to the Coastal Commission outlining soil erosion, landscaping and proper drainage, it can begin tearing up the abandoned roads’ pavement and replace invasive species with native vegetation. 

The partial restoration encompasses a 48-acre area in the northernmost section of the dunes between Vista del Mar and Pershing Drive. About 6 acres of native coastal dune and coastal prairie vegetation will be planted in that area. No permanent irrigation will be installed, and any watering will be done manually with water trucks.

Most of the roads will be removed, but LAWA will retain others as service roads for the airport.

The El Segundo dunes cover about 302 acres and are a remnant of a larger dune area that covered about 4.5 square-miles of coastline between Westchester to the base of the Palos Verdes peninsula. 

After the approximately 800 homes were demolished between 1966 and 1972, developers proposed a 27-hole golf course on the property in 1986, but the Coastal Commission rejected their plan due to its impact on a wide variety of native flora and fauna, including a number of rare and endangered species.

In 1987, the Commission approved the creation of three, 2-acre sites as preserves for the El Segundo butterfly and denying another potential plan for a golf course in the early 1990s, the Commission approved restoration of an additional 137 acres.

Because of security issues due to the dunes’ proximity to LAX, public access will not be allowed on the land.

The project will go to the Board of Airport Commissioners on Feb. 19, and construction could start in August and will last about eight months. 

John hacker January 11, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Wow, this is big news. Forget about wars, school shootings, crimes, gang and all that other boring stuff. These idiots are going to waste money on land that no one cares about or can use. If this is taxpayer money these guys should be prosecuted for being useless retards. This is all they have to do? Who pays for this shit?
TC January 11, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Good for them. That area is such an eye sore as it stands. It wil be nice to see it returned to its natural state.
CEM January 11, 2013 at 03:56 PM
First, who said that everything else was being ignored? This is one article out of millions of others. Your ignorant and irresponsible use of the word "retards" suggests arrested development.
John hacker January 11, 2013 at 03:57 PM
That's an eyesore, but the airport isn't? You are a idiot
TC January 11, 2013 at 04:19 PM
Oh John...maybe an anger management course would do you good. God bless your heart...
CEM January 11, 2013 at 04:24 PM
And may I once again state the obvious?
John hacker January 11, 2013 at 06:02 PM
Oh, you are so pious, I am humbled in your presence. May I wash and kiss your feet?
John hacker January 11, 2013 at 06:11 PM
You don't get it Mr. Intellectual. In light of all that's going on, I can't believe that someone would concern themselves with a piece of land that can't be used by anyone. It can only be veiwed by people driving by who should be looking at the road. In this economy it seems wasteful to me. Doesn't it to you? Obviously not. And retard is something young people, such as myself, use to describe idiots like you. Just for the record, in case you're wondering. I will graduate from Loyola next year with a masters in business. Retard
Mark Anthony January 11, 2013 at 10:57 PM
Good going John, you have it right. A wasteland that should only be left that way - or at best landscaped to invite the species worth protecting. Anything else is taxppayermoneys wasted.
John hacker January 12, 2013 at 04:50 AM
I'll state it for you, you are a dumbshit.
Brenda Barnes January 13, 2013 at 08:34 PM
I'd like to know what happened to the 800 families who used to live there. This is what governments do--push people out saying they are going to do one thing, and then years later do something else. People need to fight back at the time.
William Strand January 26, 2013 at 03:50 PM
This might be of interest: http://on.aol.com/video/what-remains-04---surfridge-and-palisades-del-rey-517545332


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