PHOTOS: Spruce Street Harbor Park Down on the Delaware


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If you've been following the Philly planning press say in the last 24 hours, you'll see nearly everyone is covering the new Spruce Street Harbor Park launching this Friday down at the Columbus Memorial. There's a lot to love about this summer space including lots of Guatemalan hammocks (much softer than the standard), resuscitated fountains, new lighting, floating gardens built on a substrate that filters Delaware river water, water taxis and a misting area to cool off. In addition several shipping containers are being repurposed to food concessions, an arcade and an information booth. There will also be a bocce court with leauges playing and shuffleboard. 

Open every day until 1 am starting Friday, the space also nicely frames the USS Olympia and will encourage more folks to enjoy the waterfront and the Riverfront stage just a few blocks to the north. With long-term plans to activate the riverfront and a need to take on more permanent infrastructural interventions like capping I-95, the Spruce Street Harbor Park brings much needed amenity down to the Delaware and helps us think differently about how we want to shape development on the river that brought William Penn here and created the city as we know it.

Onward to the photos >> (click to enlarge)

One of two entrance murals when approaching from Spruce Street.
Columbus Memorial with LED string lights similar to those used at the Grays Ferry Triangles at 23rd and South
Tons of soft Guatemalan Hammocks to lounge in
New flags along the sea wall. They slowly fade from red to yellow in stripes... very reminiscent of the Catalan flag.

Even before the dedication folks have found the hammocks.

Bocce bowling courts with a view.
Long neglected fountains being reborn.
Future fountain with fire in the middle!
A section of calm water and floating islands surrounded by a beach and relaxation area on barges.
The substrate of these islands will filter Delaware River water.
Beach and Beers
The USS Olympia framed by string lights and seating in the beach and beer area.
This area will host a net folks can relax over the water in. (Extra barriers for stuff falling out of pockets)
Sea Holly, one of many species in the floating gardens.
Adirondacks and toes in the sand
Industrial style railing that will patina over time
Penn's Landing Riverstage up a few blocks from the Harbor Park
Blue Skies Ahead
Last Updated: Wednesday, 25 June 2014 @ 01.31
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geoff's picture Geoff Kees Thompson Founder + Urban Planner Website: About the Author:

Other than time away from Philly studying his masters in Urban Planning in the Netherlands, Geoff has lived here since 2005. He founded This Old City to advocate for better public space as a means to economic development, improved public health, lower crime and a more environmentally sustainable future. He currently sits on the Executive Board of SOSNA and is the head volunteer gardener for Saint Mark's Church at 1625 Locust Street.


He is also Chair of The 5th Square PAC, an organization committed to voter education and the funding of progressive urbanist candidates for Philadelphia's future. 


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