As part of the Master Plan for the Central Delaware — a program that aims to turn six-miles of the Central Delaware River waterfront into a fully developed public space for the community’s enjoyment — Pier 68 in Pennsport will soon transform from an abandoned space to a waterfront oasis ideal for fishing, lounging and embracing nature.
Set to open in mid-2015, the pier design — which is spearheaded by Studio Bryan Hanes — will bring a taste of nature to the bustling South Philly neighborhood. Upon entry to the pier, native trees will block the sight of shopping malls and traffic to provide guests with a serene getaway.
Guests will be encouraged to pack a lunch and enjoy the views of the Delaware at the new Picnic Grove, too, which promises to be one of the city’s latest and greatest picnic spots with trees, landscaping and permanent furnishings.
Student groups and curious members of the public will be invited to learn about the tides of the Delaware River at the Aquatic Cut, a 4.5-foot cut that allows the tidal activity to filter through. Guests will also be invited to learn about the water pattern and the change in water elevation from above as a rope-and-cable bridge structure will hang above the aquatic cut.
At the end of the pier, guests can expect an area for recreational fishing — and an ideal spot to catch the fireworks up the river on major holidays.
Additional design features will include a lawn for sunbathing and hanging out, seating throughout — including hammock-style seating — and a water-side walking path.
The developments at Pier 68 will compliment the recent advancements at Pier 53, which is located about a mile-and-a-half from the Pennsport spot.
The park will be the Southernmost point for the Central Delaware trail. Pier 68 will green the space at the base of Pier 70 near Walmart in South Philadelphia.
Stay tuned for developments and updates regarding the new green space.
Where: At the base of Pier 70, near Walmart at 1675 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
More info: www.delawareriverwaterfront.com
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