Admiralty Park, which runs along Admiralty Way in Marina del Rey, has been renamed in honor of retiring Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, recognizing her decades of community service.
he Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday, November 18th, to approve the renaming of Admiralty Park in Marina del Rey as Yvonne B. Burke Park.
The name change, proposed by Supervisor Don Knabe, honors Burke’s 16 years of service representing the county’s Second District. In his proposal, Knabe also noted Burke’s many firsts, including becoming the first African-American elected to the board.
Burke has “devoted her entire professional life to public service, whether as an elected official, an attorney, or as an official of the U.S. Olympics Organizing Committee,” the motion states.
The motion was the second proposal to name Admiralty Park after Burke. During her original appointment to the Board of Supervisors in 1979 as the representative of the Fourth District, Burke was instrumental in advancing the development of the park running along Admiralty Way in Marina del Rey, Knabe said.
With park construction completed just after Burke left office the first time, the Board of Supervisors approved naming it the “Yvonne Brathwaite Burke Park.” But soon after, a recommendation was made to honor her service by renaming the Health Services’ West District office the “Yvonne Brathwaite Burke Health Center.”
Determining that this was a “more fitting tribute” to Burke due to her interest and work in the health field, the supervisors adopted the subsequent recommendation and rescinded its earlier order, instead naming the Marina del Rey Park as “Admiralty Park.”
“Supervisor Burke has a deep personal attachment and commitment to Marina del Rey dating back nearly 30 years,” said Knabe. “I am proud to honor my colleague and my friend by finally and permanently renaming this park with the name it should rightfully have.”