The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors today unanimously approved replacing the aging docks at .
Forty-four transient boat slips will replace the existing 33, which were built about 25 years ago. Additionally, a 300-foot-long side-tie dock will accommodate about ten boats.
“[These boat docks] are the number one complaint we get from boaters,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, whose 4th District includes Marina del Rey.
However, some residents said the $5.4 million project price tag, of which $1.3 million is funded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, is excessive, and the new boat docks are unnecessary.
“These are some of the best docks in the marina,” said Jon Nahhas, of the Boating Coalition. “There are other, more important public needs, such as dry boat storage.”
Construction is set to begin in October and expected to last about a year. The park will remain open during construction and crews will conduct the project in two phases to minimized disruption of public access.
The new dock system will be reconfigured to include space for paddle boards and kayaks and encompass the same footprint area as the current one, according to Director of the Department of Beaches and Harbors Santos Kreimann.
The department does not foresee any increased maintenance and operational costs.
The Burton W. Chace Park project will include:
- Forty-four reconfigured transient boat slips that will replace the exiting 33.
- A 300-foot-long side-tie dock that can accommodate about ten 30-foot boats.
- A 120-foot-long dock for water bus landing and boat sewage pump-out.
- A 142-foot side-tie in front of the boathouse area and a 140-foot dock for 4-hour transient berthing.
- Repair and upgrade of the land side utilities (water, fire protection, power and sewer) to accommodate installation of one portable head dump facility at the launch ramp area.