Along much of Philadelphia’s riverfronts, parkland created for leisure and recreation are the rule. Now, that standard will extend even further on the Delaware River Waterfront with the opening of the new Pier 68 park on Thursday, October 1.
The redevelopment of the defunct pier on Columbus Boulevard comes as part of the Master Plan for the Central Delaware — a project with designs on turning six miles of the Central Delaware River waterfront into a fully developed public space.
When Pier 68 in Pennsport, the once-abandoned pier will be one more waterfront oasis, ideal for fishing, lounging and embracing nature.
The new parkland will provide a southern trailhead for the continually growing Delaware River Trail, too, and will be the southernmost point for the trail.
Built as a place for passive recreation, the $1.7 million park will include a dedicated space for fishing, tons of native trees and plants for shaded lounging and a cutout in the pier surface for watching the tide rise and fall.
The pier design, spearheaded by Studio Bryan Hanes, embraces its natural surroundings and encourages education — the Aquatic Cut, for instance, allows the river’s tidal activity to filter through a 4.5-foot cut that park-goers can cross via a rope-and-cable bridge.
Additional design features will include a picnic grove, a lawn for sunbathing and hanging out, landscaping and permanent furnishings — including hammock-style seating — and a water-side footpath.
The grand opening of Pier 68 is scheduled for Thursday, October 1 from 2 to 4 p.m.
We can’t wait to celebrate the continued developments on Philadelphia’s waterfront.