The City of Long Beach along with Westgroup Designs, presented several concept ideas on Thursday for a new pier on Belmont Shore. Of the designs included a U-Shaped rendering that hearkens back to the 1930’s ‘Rainbow Pier,’ that once graced the waterfront.
The new pier is projected to take years of planning and approval phases but all hopes remain in trying to complete it by 2028, just in time to host the Olympics. Currently, the project is still bound to only ideas as several other designs including a more plausible T-Shaped pier are in the running. Westgroup Designs plans to include large open spaces for performances, retail, eateries, fishing, and etc.
“Replacing the existing pier was identified by Mayor Robert Garcia in 2018 as one of eight projects he hoped to complete before the city hosts some Olympic Games in 2028. The pier is expected to serve as a viewing station for sailing events.”Long Beach Post
Committees know that each design can come with its own unique flaws. The U-Shaped rendition plays on the emotions of the narrative alluding to the nostalgia it could bring to the community as a whole—it’s also the most expensive. However, experts have already pointed out that a T-Shape pier could use more of the existing structure, and have virtually no impact on parking spaces. In total, the city was presented with four designs among them also includes a winding version of the current structure, and finally a mirroring of the big-dipper.
Because the pier is shaping up to be a massive undertaking when put into the timeline of the Olympics, there is potential that the Los Angeles Olympic Committee offers funding for the project. What was once a wide, thriving, beachfront with a rainbow pier worth gazing at has been largely replaced by landfill. City locals and proponents of the U-Shape pier will welcome some of the 1930’s back.