What began as the vision of a 19th- century real estate speculator has become a popular destination for day visitors, tourists, water-sports enthusiasts and business travelers.
In 1887, real estate developer M.C. Wicks envisioned turning the Playa del Rey estuary into a major commercial harbor. Working under the auspices of the Santa Fe Rail Road, Wicks' Ballona Development Co. invested $300,000 to develop the area, but went bankrupt three years later.
However, fate had something else in store for the area, which lost out to San Pedro in a competitive bid to create Los Angeles Harbor.
In 1916, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reported it was impractical to develop the Playa del Rey inlet and basin as a major harbor. Then, in 1936, Congress authorized reconsideration of the previous negative report, and a year later, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors ordered another study. Marina proponents once again had a chance.
From this point on, development of the marina would focus on its evolution as a recreational small craft harbor. April 1965 saw the formal dedication of Marina del Rey. It was the capstone of one man's dream that can now be shared by all who visit this multifaceted destination.
Today, Marina del Rey is home to more than 6,000 recreational boat slips, the highest density of restaurant seating in a 1 square mile area outside of New York City and boat launch ramps that provide access for more than 100,000 trailer-boats annually.
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