The Awesome New Race Street Pier Set To Debut On May 11 With A Special Evening Of Food, Music, Fireworks And More

The new park will turn a vacant, one-acre pier just south of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge into a vibrant public space with trees, a promenade, a lawn, and a terrace — all with spectacular river views. (Images courtesy Delaware River Waterfront Corporation)

The Race Street Pier, built on the vacant Pier 11 as an Early Action project that’s part of the ambitious Civic Vision for the Central Delaware Riverfront, opens to the public on May 12 with an official ribbon cutting from Mayor Nutter.

But you can join the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation in a special preview celebration of this exciting new outdoor park on the Delaware River the previous evening, May 11.

Be the first to see Philadelphia’s newest park, while enjoying fare from local Philadelphia restaurants, ambient entertainment and beverages from Yards Brewing Company, Ansonia Wines and Luksosowa Vodka. The evening will be capped off by an exciting landside fireworks display, at 8:30 p.m.

Race Street Pier is an integral part of a series of open space improvements as part of the new Master Plan proposed for every half mile along the central Delaware. The park features two levels — an upper level with a grand sky promenade and a lower level for gathering and recreation — plus 37 full-grown trees. Gorgeous!

Tickets for the preview event, $150, will be available for purchase online starting April 1 [website coming soon]. Proceeds from the special May 11 preview event will be used to fund arts programming to help keep the new waterfront animated and highly used.

To learn more about the park plans, check out our previous coverage on the Race Street Pier here.

Preview Event for the Race Street Pier
Where: Columbus Boulevard at Race Street on the Delaware River
When: Wednesday, May 11, 6-9 p.m.
Cost: $150
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  1. The renderings of the new pier look great. Any pictures of the construction progress? Also, is that ticket price a typo? $150?

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