The LaBonge family, Mayor Eric Garcetti and L.A. Councilmember Nithya Raman were among those who spoke at the newly-renamed Tom LaBonge Headworks Water Complex.
"He rightfully earned the nickname Mr. Los Angeles, for his love of all things L.A.," said Water and Power Commissioners board member Susana Reyes.
The Board of Water and Power Commissioners approved the renaming of the facility on May 25. The water complex was LaBonge's idea many years ago.
This project will serve as an open recreational space for Angelenos, including a garden with walking trails. The renaming is a tribute to his love for the community.
"He talked about community all the time and he worked arm and arm with the DWP. Always advocating on behalf of our residents' needs," Raman said.
The project should be completed by the end of 2024.