AES Power Plant and Power Lines

The South Bay Parkland Conservancy has been an active advocate for the removal of the AES power plant and power lines in order to build a park and landscape corridor. Residents of Redondo Beach have a once in a lifetime opportunity to eliminate “the major blighting influence” on our waterfront and add substantial amount of parkland and open space to our “park poor” city.  Our actions or inaction will determine the future of our city for generations to come. Take a moment to learn about the history of the AES site and how we are ensuring the community understands our intentions and can join the effort to create one of the largest parks in the South Bay!


AES site in perspective to highlight Redondo Beach and surrounding cities high density population. 

AES site in perspective to highlight Redondo Beach and surrounding cities high density population. 

AES Site history

1700’s – Tongva/Chowigna Indians use salt from old Redondo salt lake to barter with other tribes.  Settle in village called “Onoova-Nga” (Place of Salt)

1854 - Manual Dominguez sells salt lake to Pacific Salt Works.  Tongva/Chowigna relocated to missions.

1862 – Pacific Salt Works goes bankrupt and land bought by Francis Mellus, employee of Pacific Salt Works

1881 – Salt production discontinued

1888 – Original plan for Redondo Beach sets aside salt lake for recreation

1892 – Redondo incorporates as a city

1897 - Small steam power plant built, followed by other small plants

1913 – Plant used only for emergencies 

1930 -  Consultants recommend creation of park on site

1934 – SCE Power Plant Closes

Salt Marsh 1887 "Salt Lake Days"

Salt Marsh 1887 "Salt Lake Days"

AES site 1920 with Salt Marsh

AES site 1920 with Salt Marsh

1941 – “Old Salt Lake” designated CA Historical Landmark No. 373

1944 – Consultants recommend creation of regional park at site

1946 - Old plant demolished

1948 – Salt lake filled in for new power plant – Units 1-4 are installed,  buildings and units still standing today

1957 – Units 5 and 6 completed

1967 – Units 7 and 8 are completed

1980’s – Proposal to convert power plant to “Redondo Fun Park” fail

1998– AES acquires power plant from Edison.  Units 1-4 inactive, Units 5-8 used by need

2000-2002 – AES works with City to rezone power plant for high density condos (Heart of the City).  Defeated by resident referendum petition.

AES site 2004 showing where the "Salt Lake" was.

AES site 2004 showing where the "Salt Lake" was.