Delaware Waterfront


Spruce Street Harbor Park (SSHP) put Philadelphia on the map internationally this past summer with acolades rolling in regarding the reinvigoration of a waterfront too often forgotten and disconnected from our urban fabric. SSHP made waves not only because of the amount of people it brought in, but because of the quality and variety of programming (arcades, bocce, hammocks, food and drink) but because of the quality of the build outs.


Late last week one more of Philadelphia's disused and decaying piers (Pier 53) was reborn as Washington Avenue Pier and opened to the public. Quite different from prior waterfront interventions like Race Street Pier in the shadow of the Ben Franklin Bridge, Washington Avenue Pier is informal, undulating and natural focusing on the ecology of the Delaware rather than the urbanity of the city. It follows on the heels of habitat restoration and waterfront trail construction DRWC and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection have been developing for several years now. Prior projects have laid the groundwork for Washington Avenue Pier

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