Transforming the Redondo waterfront into the best version of itself, while maintaining its “beach city” identity.


LocationRedondo Beach, California, United States
ClientCity of Redondo Beach
Size150 acres

SWA’s work on the King Harbor Public Amenities Plan manages the site’s vulnerability to severe ocean conditions by updating existing infrastructure, providing new programming, and creating a plan for sea-level rise and King Tides. The Amenities Plan serves as a powerful tool to guide growth both for the waterfront’s immediate future and its long-term success. SWA conducted a feasibility study to determine which areas to rebuild or renovate; how to improve public access and connectivity; and implementation and phasing for the waterfront’s overall longevity.

To bring all project components to life, the team identified funding sources, built partnerships with stakeholders, including a dedicated city-organized “working committee”, and advanced designs. The design team leveraged a creative and multi-layered community outreach approach that included in-person, on-site interactions in concert with online participation, through virtual meetings, social media outreach, and online surveying, to allow residents to express their views organically and in their own time.

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