Spruce Street Harbor Park Returns | Photo via DRWC
Spruce Street Harbor Park is opening earlier than ever this year, Friday, May 6th. The Delaware Riverfront destination is also expanding its summer restaurant collaborations, adding Chickie’s and Pete’s fries and a Little Fat Ham to a lineup that already includes Franklin Fountain, Federal Donuts, Frozen Delights and Garces Group.
Kevin Sbraga, who just announced a second Fat Ham at the King of Prussia Mall is bringing The Little Fat Ham to the riverfront park. The shipping container-sized Fat Ham won’t be offering hot chicken but will be have hot fish sandwiches, plus pulled pork, beef brisket, spicy pork rinds, corn on the cob, homemade Southern sweet tea and old-fashioned lemonade.
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.
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.
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.
Did 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.
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.
Sup Yoga at Spruce Street Harbor Park 2014 | Photo via Facebook
If you’ve never tried stand-up paddle board yoga because, well, you live in Philadelphia, here’s your chance: The ladies of Aqua Vida are bringing SUP Yoga back to Spruce Street Harbor Park for the second year this summer. Read more »
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 »