Marina Del Rey

Marina Del Rey

Marina Del ReyMarina del Rey is an affluent unincorporated seaside community and census-designated place (CDP) in Los Angeles County, California. A Westside locale, the population was 8,866 at the 2010 census. Fisherman’s Village offers a view of Marina del Rey’s dominant feature, the Marina, the world’s largest man-made small craft harbor with 19 marinas with capacity for 5,300 boats and is home port to approximately 6,500 boats. The harbor, the Los Angeles Times said in 1997, is “perhaps the county’s most valuable resource”.


Prior to its development as a small craft harbor, the land occupied by Marina del Rey was a salt-marsh fed by freshwater from the Ballona Creek, frequented by duck hunters and few others. Burton W. Chace, a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, referred to the area as mud flats, though today the area would more properly be referred to as wetlands.

In the mid-19th century, M.C. Wicks thought of turning this Playa del Rey estuary into a commercial port. He formed the Ballona Development Company in 1888 to develop the area, but three years later the company went bankrupt.


Marina del Rey falls within unincorporated Los Angeles County and is southeast of the L.A. City community of Venice and north of the L.A. City community ofPlaya del Rey, near the mouth of the Ballona Creek. It is located four miles (6 km) north of Los Angeles International Airport.

It is bounded on all sides by the City of Los Angeles. The beach-style homes, the strip of land against the beach, and the beach itself (see photo), west of the harbor, are within the City of Los Angeles limits, but share the same zip code as Marina del Rey. The name of this strip is the Marina Peninsula. Via Dolce and the southern portion of Via Marina are the boundaries between L.A. City and the unincorporated area.

Points of interest

Panoramic view of the marina from a nearby office building

  • Fisherman’s Village
  • Chace Park—the Marina del Rey Summer Concert Series is held here on Thursdays and Saturdays from June to August.
  • California Yacht Club
  • UCLA Marina Aquatic Center
  • Ballona Wetlands
  • Lloyd Taber Marina del Rey Library

Parks and recreation

Marina de Rey has two main parks: Chace Park and Yvonne B. Burke Park, renamed from the original Admiralty Park in 2009 to honor long-time Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke.


The following organizations are headquartered in Marina del Rey:

  • AstroFlight
  • Gravity Interactive
  • Guidance
  • TheBrain Technologies


The Marina Expressway, California State Route 90, terminates at Lincoln Blvd (California State Route 1) in northeastern Marina del Rey and links the area with Culver City. A water shuttle service, the WaterBus, serves the harbor between July 4 to Labor Day.

Street layout

The harbor has eight basins separated by six strips of land, each of which has at least one street on it. From the northeastern end of the Marina, going clockwise, these streets are: Bali Way, Mindanao Way (with west terminus at Burton Chace Park), Fiji Way (bordering the southeastern edge of the Marina), Bora Bora Way, Tahiti Way, Marquesas Way, Panay Way, and Palawan Way. Panay Way, Marquesas Way, Tahiti Way, and Bora Bora Way are all on the western side of the Marina and all terminate at Via Marina. Palawan Way is also on the west side, but it terminates at Washington Bl.

Washington Boulevard bounds the Marina to the northwest. Palawan Way and Via Marina end to the north at Washington Blvd.

Government and infrastructure

Marina del Rey is managed by the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors. All of the area’s land is owned by the County of Los Angeles, which issues long-term leases to private citizens.

Marina del Rey is in the Fourth District of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, represented by Don Knabe. It is in the 28th Senate District of the State legislature, represented by Democrat Ted Lieu, and in the 53rd Assembly District, represented by Democrat Betsy Butler. Marina del Rey is located in California’s 36th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of D +12 and is represented by Democrat Janice Hahn.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) has a substation in Marina del Rey.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACFD) serves Marina del Rey and is based at Station #110, a part of Battalion 1, at 4433 Admiralty Way. The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services has an office in Marina del Rey as well.


Marina del Rey is in the Los Angeles Unified School District, although there are no schools in the area proper. As of 2009 Steve Zimmer represents the district. Students from Marina del Rey attendCoeur d’Alene Avenue Elementary School, Marina del Rey Middle School, and Venice High School.

Public libraries

The County of Los Angeles Public Library operates the Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library. The library has a nautical collection to serve small boaters in the area.

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