Hey, Philly: Pier 68 Park Is Now Open
It’s official: Pier 68 is now open!
In a ribbon-cutting ceremony that took place Wednesday, October 1st, Mayor Michael Nutter cut the symbolic cord of a newly transformed pier that had at one time functioned as the site of raw sugar warehouse. According to a press release from the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, the public Pier 68 park allows fishing – with a proper state fishing license, of course – and features an aquatic cut in the pier that gives you a cool view of the water and plant life living underneath.
Situated at the end of Pier 70 Blvd (the exact address is 1751 S. Columbus Blvd.), the Pier 68 park includes a tree canopy, angled lawn, solar light poles, and wave-shaped benches whose design was inspired by the mustaches worn by Philadelphia sailors from the 19th century. Salvaged granite benches from Penn’s Landing are also here and come capped with cumaru slat seats that have specially bored holes to be used as fishing pole anchors.
— WilliamPennFdn (@WilliamPennFdn) October 1, 2015
Designed by Studio Bryan Hanes in collaboration with Digsau, Stantec, TEND Landscape and others, the park’s construction involved seven months of work by Bittenbender Construction and Hydro Marine Construction. Funding for the $1.8 million project was made possible with the help of the William Penn Foundation, City of Philadelphia, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, just to name a new.
Gallery: Pier 68
Photos courtesy of Delaware River Waterfront Corporation.
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