How You’ll Spend Your Summer: Spruce Street Harbor Park

 Art Place at Penn's Landing

Today, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation has shared the details for its Spruce Street Harbor Park. The pop-up waterfront park will bring a boardwalk, urban beach, fountains and misting areas to the Penn’s Landing Marina and for two months.

The pop-up park, which will feature floating barges complete with lily pad water gardens, restaurant and bar kicks off on June 27th and run through August 31st.

Groundswell Design Group, Interface Studios and Digsau combined to create the plan for the space. Groundswell’s David Fierabend says “We’re involved because we believe iterative placemaking is the future of urban development and city renewal. By creating these moments along the waterfront we’re reconnecting the city to this long forgotten asset. Not only are these spaces amazing, they’re cost effective and immediately attainable. Their ephemeral quality keeps us intrigued and our attention focused on what’s next.”

More details on the Spruce Street Harbor Park

harbor-park-renderingThe Oasis: Made of three floating barges, this urban harbor oasis contains a lily pad garden, colorful seating, and a pop-up restaurant and bar. Perhaps the centerpiece of the project is a series of nets extending from the barges that will allow visitors to hang over and almost touch the water underneath them.

The Hammock Lounge: Oversized hammocks strung throughout the trees on the west side of the park.

Columbus Seating Area: Moveable colorful seating and tables positioned around the Columbus Monument. In the evening, the area will be lit by fire pits for a beautiful ambiance on a cool summer night.

Harbor Boardwalk: An oceanfront boardwalk transported to the Delaware River, complete with dune grasses and repurposed cargo containers selling summertime concessions and arcades.

The Urban Beach: Located along the quay, and next to the tall ship Gazela, this area will consist of lounge chairs, beach umbrellas, and surface material reminiscent of being at a pebble beach.

Mist Walk: Being at the waterfront would not be complete without a way to cool off. An artistically designed mist walk, colorfully lit at night, allows visitors to stroll through a light spray of water to combat the summer heat.

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  • Jeff

    what the what? iterative placemaking is the future? looks like someone used the landscape urbanism bs generator

    • eric

      HA! I’m still cracking up about that.

  • Randy Kim

    gee, you’d think they would make sure the most important link on the page would work…

  • MobileFoodNews®

    Would be a great venue to include some gourmet food trucks!

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  • Michael Berry

    So… schools are closing down, but things like these are getting built? America is done for.

    • eldondre

      schools are closing because people aren’t using them

    • Kerry Murphy

      Your conclusion may be correct but your analysis is asinine devoid of logic

  • SkepticInOldCity

    So what will it look like the other 10 months of the year? I’ve lived in Philadelphia all my adult life and in the past 30+ years of a promised Penn’s Landing Utopia I’ve seen very little in the way of progress and much in the way of a political pissing contests. One organization trying to gain the upper hand over another in an effort to implement their own plan. All of course generated by the possibility of financial opportunities and what each side stands to gain. While that’s been going on the waterfront has steadily declined most especially when compared to how other cities have progressed and done amazing development of theirs. Show me a plan that covers the other 10 months of the year and I’ll stop whining and pissing in your 30 year old bowl of cheerios. Make Philadelphia a REAL tourist destination that locals can also enjoy. Finish the job!