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Share Your Ideas On The Freedom Of The Seas Park Pavilion

Last week we debuted plans for the transformation of an area on the pier near the bow of the ship. We invited your feedback, and we’re providing a few ways for you to share it.

First, you can email us anytime with your questions and ideas at:

Second, you can attend one of the virtual meetings we’re holding to inform the community about the project, answer questions, and get your ideas. Times and dates for the meetings are:

The meetings are identical so you only need to sign up for one. Ideas will be accepted until February 28th.

The proposed park next to Battleship IOWA consists of a 2/3 acre site which will be renovated into a public park with an integral community center. Located on Port of Los Angeles property, the site at Berth 87 is uniquely situated to provide shore side access in one of the busiest harbors in the world.

Key features of the project include the construction of an approximately 5,000 square foot multi-purpose community center, educational exhibits, Veterans Memorial, maritime displays, public art, the renovation of an existing block wall structure into an information kiosk, and approximately 35,000 square feet of landscape and artful hardscape.

The park would be entirely funded by a grant from the State of California Statewide Park Program. It’s a competitive grant opportunity and we’re pulling out all the stops to build the park and community center for our community – one of our three core pillars!


Attend the 8th Annual Gravely Celebration

Join us two weeks from today – Friday, Feb. 26th at 12:00pm PST for our annual GRAVELY CELEBRATION! This year’s event will be virtual but no less inspiring! Spots are limited so RSVP Now.


This year marks the 50th anniversary of Samuel Gravely’s promotion to the rank of admiral – the first ever earned by a Black man. Read about this achievement and more about the extraordinary life and career of this remarkable man here.


Join in the fun!

Our online silent auction is off to a great start! Thank you to all who are currently participating. We love watching those bidding wars behind the scenes.

This just in! We’ve added two more unique teak wood items, made from IOWA’s original decks (thanks to ship’s carpenter extraordinaire, Stan Sato): 

  • Item #127:  Handcrafted Battleship IOWA Teak Keepsake Box
  • Item #128:  Battleship IOWA Teak Deck Picture Frame with Embedded Challenge Coin

Attention Iowans travel lovers – check out these cool Midwest experiences:

  • Item #102: VIP Sports Experience with the Iowa Barnstormers for Four (4) at Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa


  • Item #104: Riverside Casino and Golf Resort – 2-night/3-day Hotel/Dining/Golf Package, Riverside, Iowa



  • Item #105: Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort 2-night stay, 2 rounds of Golf + Golf Cart, Larchwood, Iowa



Calling all Battleship enthusiasts – come on down to the Port of Los Angeles for a fun and intriguing history lesson:

  • Item #115: President’s Tour/Captain’s Cabin for Six (6)
  • Item #116: Family Adventure Ship Tour and Signed Copy of Vicky Book – up to six (6) participants *DESIGNED ESPECIALLY FOR CHILDREN & THEIR PARENTS

Only 16 days left to get in on the bidding, so get while the getting’s good

All in-person experiences are Covid-permitting and will be extended as necessary, so don’t worry about the expiration date. You can bid with confidence.

Winners must provide their own transportation to experience locations.


If a silent auction isn’t your thing, you can support the National Museum of the Surface Navy at the Battleship IOWA with a donation. It’s another great way to support our February FUNdraiser and keep this grand lady looking spiffy!

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