More water has come to the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro with two harbor-enlivening water features at San Pedro Gateway, that opened on July 25, 2008. Part of an extensive project to reshape the San Pedro waterfront into a vital public space, Fanfare at San Pedro Gateway and Second Street water features join the enhanced landscape in creating a magnetic environment that unites the people of San Pedro and Los Angeles with the life of the port.
Fanfare at San Pedro Gateway, located at the port entrance on Swinford Street and Harbor Boulevard at the bottom of the Harbor Blvd. exit of 110 / 47 Freeway, features 58 choreographed water jets that build a dramatic waterfront entryway for visitors and residents, whether they arrive by ship, by foot, or by the Port’s popular Waterfront Red Car line that links the Cruise Center to Ports O’ Call. An arc of Canary Island palm trees punctuates the length of the feature, while wooden benches provide both a place to rest and an intimate view of the liquid stage. For an even closer look, a sunken pathway cuts directly through the main fountain, allowing visitors to be surrounded by vertical and fan-shaped jets that move to an eclectic mix of classical, popular and movie soundtrack music. “O Sole Mio” (Luciano Pavarotti), “O Marijana” (John Duda Tamburitzas), and “Fanfare for the Common Man” (Leonard Bernstein / New York Philharmonic) are just a few of the musical standards choreographed to the dancing fountains.
A short walk south on the Harbor Boulevard Parkway Promenade is the interactive fountain at Second Street and Harbor Boulevard. At this location, there is no boundary between people and water, and children, animals, and visitors of all ages can get as wet as they like in jets that leap playfully out of the pavement.
The Fanfare at San Pedro Gateway was designed by WET Design of Sun Valley, CA, the designers of The Fountains of Bellagio, Universal CityWalk, Tokyo Dome and others around the world. EDAW of San Francisco, were the designers and landscapers of the Gateway Plaza. Together they have fashioned a new setting that invites exploration of the boundary between land and sea, between recreation and commerce, and between the community and its relationship with its environment.