Marina Del Rey in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Marina Del Rey Small Craft Harbor
Burton W. Chace
“Father of the Marina” Burton W. Chace, 1900-1972
This public county park is dedicated to the memory of Fourth District Supervisor Burton W. Chace whose vision, faith in the future and wise counsel converted these formally mosquito-infested mud flats into the now world-renowned Marina Del Rey small craft harbor. Mr. Chase, whose long and distinguished public career started in Long Beach in 1933 and tragically ended in an automobile accident in 1972 a few months before his retirement, served on the Board of Supervisors from 1953 to 1972, the period marking the greatest growth of Los Angeles County. Elected for five consecutive terms, he ran unopposed three times. Of the hundreds of projects he spearheaded to keep pace with the needs of his constituents, he regarded the Marina Del Rey Harbor complex as his greatest single achievement toward the public good. A grateful citizenry hereby recognizes the many positive deeds of Burton W. Chace, “Father of the Marina,” by providing this park for the recreation and enjoyment of present and future generations.
Erected 1973 by County of Los Angeles.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey CA 90292, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Helmsman (approx. 0.2 miles away); Marina Del Rey (approx. 0.9 miles away); History of Ballona Lagoon (approx. one mile away); Venice (approx. 1.3 miles away); Douglas DC-3 (approx. 2.6 miles away); Roy Jones House (approx. 2.8 miles away); Ocean Park Branch Library (approx. 2.9 miles away); Shotgun House (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marina Del Rey.
Regarding Marina Del Rey Small Craft Harbor. Coastal wetlands were once thought of as “mosquito-infested mud flats” that should be eliminated. They are now known to be critical to the health of rivers, oceans, and wildlife. A proposed expansion of the marina was canceled in favor of the creation of nearby Ballona Freshwater Marsh, and in 2017 planning began for restoration of Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve.
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 31, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 31, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 31, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.