Boaters and other water enthusiasts now have easy public access to the waterfront in Newport Beach, Calif.
A new waterfront recreational center includes a multipurpose marina, park, playground, outdoor sports and fitness facilities and a community center.
The city’s concept for its new community and sailing center on Balboa Peninsula was to create a public space that would provide access to the bay. The $35 million project, called Marina Park, was conceived more than 30 years ago but it was not until 2013 that the city’s vision for the site was set in motion.
The city broke ground on Marina Park in February 2014 and celebrated the grand opening last December.
Bellingham Marine was hired to design and build the marina, which is composed of two distinct areas — one for transient and day use boaters and another for boating classes and the storage of sailing dinghies.
“We were able to tailor the design and construction of the docks to meet the unique use requirements and desired amenities in each specific area,” Bellingham Marine project development manager Eric Noegel said in a statement.
The marina’s U-shaped basin includes 23 slips for visiting boats as large as 55 feet, with dinghy storage on the docks and space for in-water moorage of small boats along the walkways. A 200-foot long T-head provides side-tie moorage for boats larger than 60 feet.
Also on site is a 3-ton jib crane for launching and retrieving small trailered boats.
The west side of the marina is dedicated to instructional classes and the launching of sailing dinghies and other small watercraft. The area is characterized by low freeboard docks, extra-wide walkways and floating platforms to handle large groups and classes.