Marina del Rey will soon have two areas that carry the surname Burke.
The county Board of Supervisors announced May 29 that a waterside promenade will be named after Dr. William Burke, the founder of the Los Angeles Marathon and husband of former Second District Supervisor Yvonne Braithwaite Burke.
Fourth District Supervisor Don Knabe, who shared a portion of Marina del Rey with Burke before redistricting, was the author of the motion, which passed unanimously.
“As an avid boater and former resident of the Marina del Rey community, Dr. Burke is committed to wildlife, the environment and increased public access along the coastline,” Knabe’s motion states. “In this role as chairman of the California Fish and Game Commission, he has been an unwavering supporter for creating world-class marinas to serve the next generation of boaters, residents and visitors.
“In recognition of his long-standing contributions to the residents of Los Angeles County and the state of California, I believe designation of the promenade along the waterside as the ‘Dr. William A. Burke Marina Walk Promenade’ is an appropriate and fitting tribute for his many, many years of dedicated public service.”
Subsequent to former supervisor Burke’s retirement in 2008, the park in front of the Lloyd Taber Marina del Rey Library along Admiralty Way was named in honor of her.