Downtown Long Beach

Downtown Waterfront Study


The DTLB waterfront is home to tourist attractions like the Aquarium of the Pacific, Performing Arts Center and Rainbow Harbor, as well as world-class events like the Long Beach Grand Prix, Pride Festival, and Marathon. The area also includes office towers, residential high rises, hotels and major shopping destinations. However, these uses and attractions sit within a half square mile area that is unpleasant for pedestrians to navigate due to wide streets, narrow and missing sidewalks and lack of pedestrian oriented buildings.
Recognizing the need to create stronger pedestrian connectivity within Downtown’s waterfront, as well as between the waterfront and other downtown neighborhoods, the DLBA enlisted the expertise of the Urban Land Institute to explore and develop recommendations to improve pedestrian activity in the area. The report findings included short- and long-term recommendations focused around creating a great place beloved by residents that, in turn, attracts visitors.

  • Extending the urban fabric of Downtown’s historic neighborhoods towards the waterfront
  • Reconfiguring Marina Green Park into a true waterfront park with active uses to attract residents
  • Creating a governance structure that can address a long term vision for the waterfront area
  • Activation of the vacant lot on the southeast corner of Ocean Blvd. and Pine Ave
  • Clever pedestrian wayfinding to create a seamless user experience
    Adding pop-up plazas and vendors along Pine Ave south of Ocean to help connect the Downtown core to the Waterfront attractions.


DLBA Waterfront Task Force

While progress has been made on some of the recommendations outlined in the ULI report there is a need and opportunity to further advance efforts to improve pedestrian connectivity within the waterfront area. DLBA’s Waterfront Task Force is currently reviewing ULI’s recommendations and is developing an organizational implementation plan that identifies project priorities, potential partners, and actions.