I was thinking of a way to best describe the layout of the Marina. But as they say, “a picture is worth…” So here is that 1,000 word image:
Fiji Way is at the southeast corner of the Marina. The next finger to the north is Mindanao. The green blob at the end is Burton W. Chase Park. As you can see, all the fingers have exotic names such as Bali Way, Bora Bora Way, Tahiti Way. Apartments, condos and restaurants line these streets. Wouldn’t you love your address to be Bora Bora Way? The channel at the bottom of the map opens up into the Pacific Ocean.
Burton W. Chase Park (referred to from now on as “the Park”) was named, as you might suspect, after Burton W. Chase, “Father of the Marina.”
The above plaque states that Mr. Chase’s, “vision, faith in the future, and wise counsel converted these formerly mosquito-infested mudflats into the now world-renowned Marina del Rey.” Hmmm… this was installed in 1973, a year after the Park opened and Mr. Chase was tragically killed in an auto accident at the age of 72.
The world has moved on since those days. I won’t go into the whole tumultuous history of the fight to save the remaining wetlands in and around the Marina and Playa del Rey, but today not too many people would be caught describing the ecology as “mosquito-infested mudflats” if they knew what was good for them! That sounds like a subject for a future blog post…
Nevertheless, I enjoy having the Marina so close at hand. There is something magical about the water, the air, the cries of seagulls and the clink-clank of sailboats as they sway with the waves and ocean breeze.
The Park opened in 1972 offering multi-purpose rooms, picnic tables, barbecues, pergolas, picnic shelters, outdoor programs (such as concerts), harbor viewing areas and guest docks. It is located at the halfway point on the South Bay Bicycle Trail which spans from Will Rogers State Beach to the north in Pacific Palisades to Torrance County Beach in the South.
Fountain at the entrance to the park.
A jacaranda tree adding some color to the parking lot.
Views of the harbor from the vantage point of the park.
“The Helmsman.” For many years this statue stood in front of and was a trademark for the world renowned Helms Bakery on Venice Boulevard in Los Angeles. Okay, the Helms Bakery is yet another blog post!
A sheltered picnic area.
What a great view from your picnic table looking out to the harbor.
A nice walk through the park with views of the harbor.
A sheltered area out of the sun to sit and take some time out from the rat race.
So wonderful to be here during the week instead of sitting in an office counting the hours and minutes until the weekend!
Yup, more boats!
And more boats.
Lantana – the official flower of Culver City – they are all over the Los Angeles area.
Azaleas just coming into bloom with palm trees in the background.
Going home I had the same bus driver. But as it was past 3:00 PM there were several other people on the bus.
My afternoon trip was worthwhile. I had completely forgotten my internet problems and was in a much better mood. And, with the help of a lovely Indian technician on the other end of the line who was polite and peaceful while I vented my frustrations on him, I was up and running by 9:00 PM, only 13 hours after my connection was cut off.
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