From the ocean, down Ballona Creek to Venice Blvd and Cochran and to Griffith Park where Ballona daylights again. See an opportunity for a 50 mile hiking/biking LOOP
This area should be reserved for public recreational facilities, not commercial development.
Pier 44 is part of the Marina Del Rey Over-Development. In the last 60 years, public recreation and the initial 6000 boat slips have shrunk in favor of commercial businesses, hotels, condos, and apartments on leased land Los Angeles County asserts it owns. With each new lease, more recreational area and parking set aside for either parks or parking lots have disappeared.
U.S. House Documents 389 and 780 have great relevance to the
Ballona Wetlands Restoration and Marina del Rey - see page 47 of Doc. 389 for a Map.
MDR was created with the combined efforts of U.S. Congress, Los Angeles County & Los Angeles City.
LIMBERLOST (Wetlands) in Geneva, Indiana was made famous by Author-Naturalist Gene Stratton-Porter who sold 2 million copies of her early 1904 novel, Freckles. In fact 10 million copies of her books, including A Girl from Limberlost (1909) were sold in 1924, the year of her death.
An increasingly dangerous gas leak from the oil well located in the Fresh Water Marsh, just west of Lincoln Blvd, in the Ballona Wetlands, has been proclaimed by oil and gas experts as a "significant surface hazard."