A Day in the Life of Spruce Street Harbor Park Mastermind David Fierabend

Chances are, you’ve spent some quality summer hours at Spruce Street Harbor Park (and if you haven’t, well, go). It’s tough not to be impressed by the atmosphere there — the food trucks and hammocks, sure, but also the plantings, perfectly weathered decor and general aesthetic of the place. That’s all thanks to green thumb David Fierabend, the owner of Groundswell Design Group and star landscape architect. So who better to dish on inspiration? We got Fierabend to share his favorite haunts in the city, how he gets inspired, and just how many plants are in the park (15,000)!


These are a few of Fierabend’s favorite things. | Photography by Courtney Apple.

Read more »

Eat Tacos With Melissa Joan Hart Tomorrow at Spruce Street Harbor Park


Question: What happens when you’re a washed-up child star and you need to make a few extra bucks? You agree to push tacos at Penn’s Landing, that’s what.

Actress and personality Melissa Joan Hart will be in Philly tomorrow, August 13th, to promote Old El Paso wares at Spruce Street Harbor Park. The Sabrina: The Teenage Witch star will be on hand from 12:30 to 3 pm, “sharing tips for a successful family taco night.”

No word if Salem, the sarcastic animatronic black cat, will be on hand.

Read more »

Spruce Street Harbor Park Celebrates National Hammock Day

Heads up, hammock hogs: Tomorrow, anyone who visits the Hayneedle Hammock Lounge at Spruce Street Harbor Park (SSHP) will be (almost) guaranteed at least a half-hour of pure hammock bliss. To celebrate National Hammock Day—on Wednesday, July 22nd from 4-8 p.m.—a team of friendly hammock police will rotate visitors through the lounge to ensure that you don’t spend too much time awkwardly searching for an open spot to recline.

Read more »

Spotted: Spruce Street Harbor Park Has a Nesting Goose

goose-chifa-940Did you know Canada geese were big fans of Iron Chef Jose Garces’s pork belly bao buns? At least that appears the case as a goose has built a nest just above the Chifa stand at Spruce Street Harbor Park.

The Spruce Goose has been nesting on the container since it was installed, around May 15th. The Delaware River Waterfront Corp’s Emma Fried-Cassoria says no one has gotten a good look inside the nest to see if there are any eggs or goslings in the nest. But as soon as we find out, we’ll let you know.

Spruce Street Harbor Park [Foobooz]

WATCH: Video Captures First Weekend at Spruce Street Harbor Park

In the fifth episode of his “Uncover Philly” series, videographer Cory J. Popp brings us the first weekend of Spruce Street Harbor Park (SSHP)—a perfect minute-and-thirty-second video to get lost in if you haven’t had the chance to check out the glowing oasis on the Delaware Waterfront.

The flick captures everything we’ve heard about SSHP so far: the outdoor roller rink, the food trucks, the hammocks. But it really gets into its groove around the 16-second mark, when the city goes dark and those hanging, light saber-like tree lights illuminate the communal spaces underneath. It’s like something out of a fairyland. Delaware River Waterfront Corporation definitely turned up the notch on SSHP this year. Check out the video above, then head out to experience it for yourself if you haven’t already.


PHOTOS: Sneak Peek at Spruce Street Harbor Park, Roller Rink


We are just over a week away from Spruce Street Harbor Park’s May 22nd opening, and the site is starting to take shape. The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation was nice enough to walk me around Spruce Street Harbor Park and the Summerfest roller skating rink today to show off some of the progress.

You can get a first glimpse of the park at the Endless Summer fundraiser party, held next Thursday, May 20th from 7pm to 10pm. Tickets are $20 and include a drink. DJ Foxx Boogie spins at the rink, while Ernest Stuart plays jazz at SSHP. Read more »

DRWC Releases Summer at the Waterfront Schedule of Events

Summerfest - Penn's Landing

Summerfest rendering courtesy of the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) is keeping things bustling along our eastern shore this summer, with Philly’s first outdoor roller rink at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and, of course, Spruce Street Harbor Park. If that wasn’t enough, today, they’ve rolled out a schedule of more than 70 free events taking place at the aforementioned locations and Penn’s Landing and Race Street Pier.

It all starts this weekend, with the Art Star Craft Bazaar, and continues through the end of September with everything from the Roots Picnic and the Philly Pride celebration to more low-key affairs like free movie nights and yoga on Race Street Pier. Highlights of the summer below:

Read more »

Headlines: Get Ready for Creative Pop Up Spaces Aplenty This Summer

The warmer weather isn’t the only treat we’ve been given the past week or so. The announcements of the summer pop up sites and festivities have been coming fast and furious. Last week, Foobooz informed us that there will be three (yes, three) PHS Pop Up Beer Gardens this season. We’ll let you wrap your head around that for a second…

… you good? Okay, let’s go.

Yesterday, Foobooz dropped more knowledge on us: the food options at Spruce Street Harbor Park/Riverrink Summerfest and the new designs at The Porch 2.0 at 30th Street StationRead more »

This Year, You’ll be Eating Well on the Riverfront

spruce-street-harbor-park-barges-matt-stanley-940Spruce Street Harbor Park Presented by Univest/Valley Green Bank and Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest have announced their food partners and the ante has been upped. Franklin Fountain, Shane Confectionery, Federal Donuts, and the revival of Chifa will all go a long way towards making 2015 a year to head to the Delaware River.

Read more »

« Older Posts