The revitalization and activation of once-vacant public spaces — see: Phase I of The Rail Park — continues in Philadelphia this fall with the opening of Cherry Street Pier, a new, multifaceted public space inside the formerly unoccupied Municipal Pier 9 situated on Philadelphia’s Delaware River waterfront.
CHERRY STREET PIER FAST FACTS
- Cherry Street Pier will open along the Delaware River on Friday, October 12.
- The indoor-outdoor attraction will function as a park, market, workspace, event venue and food-and-drink spot.
- The year-round space is located across from FringeArts and next to Race Street Pier and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.
The 55,00-square-foot long-abandoned warehouse was repurposed with consideration and care to maintain its historic value by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation.
The $5 million makeover transforms the space into a universally accessible, egalitarian, year-round destination for relaxing, creating, shopping, performances, dining, drinking and innovating.
The revamped and rebranded Cherry Street Pier will be focused on fostering and showcasing Philadelphia’s vibrant creative community while offering visitors scenic views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and plenty to do both inside and outside the attraction all year round.
What’s in Cherry Street Pier?
Cherry Street Pier will be the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation’s first covered public space open year-round.
Visitors will find a casual area for dining and drinking near the entrance of Cherry Street Pier (The Hub) alongside a bazaar where local artisans and merchants can showcase and sell their goods (The Market).
Affordable co-working spaces and studios, housed in repurposed cargo shipping containers, will line the main corridor and be available to share or rent for local creatives, artists and businesses (The Garage). The units will be completely public facing to allow visitors to observe the artistic process and give the artists the opportunity to interact with their audiences.
A versatile, revolving event and performance space will be positioned centrally near the back of the pier (The Platform) and visitors will find a tranquil open-air garden at the pier’s end, offering incredible views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and plenty of room for riverside relaxation, plus a cafe and more alfresco food and drink options (The Garden).
For three weekends after its opening, Cherry Street Pier will host a new dynamic arts festival produced by Philadelphia Contemporary called Festival for the People.
Spaces within Cherry Street Pier and the neighboring Race Street Pier will house a range of creative works, installations, events and programming focusing on subcultural themes and art forms.
The festival will take place on Saturdays and Sundays from October 13 to October 28.
The 93-year-old pier is located right smack on the Delaware River on Columbus Boulevard, directly next to Race Street Pier and across the street from FringeArts.
Visitors can get to the soon-to-open attraction on public transit, on foot or by bike.
Get excited to explore and experience this newly invigorated public space, coming to Philadelphia this fall!
Note: This post was updated August 24, 2018 to reflect the opening date and arts festivities. Get ready!