Philadelphians rejoice – we’ve got some awesome news for you!
A new, four-acre park above I-95 and Columbus Boulevard, between Walnut and Chestnut streets, will be built after funding was officially committed for the $225 million transformative project. Hooray!
- Funding is complete for the construction of a new, four-acre park at Penn’s Landing.
- The park will connect Penn’s Landing and Old City.
- The park will feature spray fountains, a cafe, plenty of green space and more.
- Expected completion is 2022.
The park will reconnect Penn’s Landing and the surrounding waterfront area to the city, a connection that was broken when I-95 was constructed in the mid-1970s.
The grand vision has been in the works for several years but was waiting on funding. At last, Philadelphia will see this dream come to reality to completely transform the Delaware River waterfront and add significant green space to the city.
The four-acre extension will add to the already existing civic space in the area to create a full eight acres of open-air usage that will tilt down from the east side of Columbus Boulevard to the river. The project will also create a major overhaul of Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. In other words, visitors will soon be able to walk above I-95 and Columbus Boulevard on a spacious park that connects directly to the Delaware River.
The grand project also includes building an extension to the South Street Bridge from its west side to connect the bridge from Columbus Boulevard to the Penn’s Landing Marina.
Additionally, a two-mile on-road section of the Delaware River Trail, from Spring Garden Street to Washington Avenue, will be created.
Plans for the new public area include outdoor activities like a winter ice skating rink, summer spray pools and more. A cafe will invite visitors to relax and the already existing Irish and Scottish Memorials will help to decorate the space.
Over 100,000 square feet of retail, dining and entertainment space is also projected, along with 1,500 new housing units and 500 hotel rooms.
Completion of the project is being projected for 2022. Plans for the project should be finalized by the end of 2019, with construction to follow for approximately three years.
Cheers to this new (and super exciting) development!