Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey will welcome visitors this summer with over $10 million in new facilities.

Beachgoers to Dockweiler will see a variety of upgrades, including four new restroom buildings, an entry kiosk, refurbished maintenance and lifeguard facilities, a concession building and new playground equipment.

Improvements were also made to the beach parking lots and recreational vehicle (RV) park, where all spaces were converted into full hookups.

A new entry sign, informational signage and new landscaping were also added at the site in an effort to enhance recreational enjoyment and increase public awareness of the beach, Los Angeles County officials said.

County officials, including Supervisor Don Knabe, praised the upgraded Dockweiler Beach facilities at a dedication ceremony at the beach held Wednesday, May 2nd.

‘I am very excited about the improvements that have been completed at Dockweiler,’ Knabe said. ‘They will enhance the experience of the more than three million patrons who visit the beach every year.’

The $10 million in new facilities was part of a $14 million overall project that was jointly funded by County of Los Angeles Proposition A and State of California Proposition 40 bond funds, as well as additional county funding, county officials said.

In addition to the new facilities, Dockweiler is also expected to be replenished with clean sand that was placed offshore after being removed from the Marina del Rey north entrance during a recent dredging project, said Knabe spokesman David Sommers.

The new beach facilities are part of the first phase of the Dockweiler Beach improvement project, Sommers said.

Phase two of the project involves the construction of a new 9,000-square-foot community building off Vista del Mar that will include a 3,000-square-foot community meeting room and a youth aquatic facility for the county’s WATER program, Sommers said.

The first phase of the Dockweiler improvement project was started in fall 2004 but construction experienced a setback with powerful storms that hit the area in 2005, he said.

Sommers said investing in Dockweiler Beach is a ‘critical’ issue for Knabe.

‘Dockweiler is one of the most unique beaches we have in the county because of the venues that are there,’ Sommers said.

Dockweiler, which is one of only two beaches in the county with fire pits on the sand, is also one of the few beaches in the region where it is legal to have a fire on the beach, officials said.

The Playa del Rey beach is also the only location of an RV campground on a beach in Los Angeles County and the home of the only ocean-side hang gliding facility in the county, officials said.

‘You can find things at Dockweiler that you can’t find anywhere else in the county,’ Sommers said.