A version of this post appeared on our partner site Pennsporter.
The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation is hosting the first of a series of public information sessions next week regarding the development on Pier 68 – the future fishing and recreation pier set to open later this year behind Walmart on Columbus Boulevard.
The meeting, held in conjunction with designer Studio Bryan Hanes and others, will be Feb. 12 from 7 to 8 p.m. (note changed time) at the Edward O’Malley Athletic center at 144 Moore St. Your input is vital to the development of the site, which is expected to include fish-cleaning stations, rebuilt wetlands and places to temporarily dock small boats, such as kayaks.
Studio Bryan Hanes, whose work also includes examples such as Sister Cities Park and the future Noble Street Spur, has a nifty website dedicated to the past and future of Pier 68. Poke around and you’ll get a better idea of the history on the pier as well as get a feel for its enormous potential, both in it’s natural landscape and vantage points but also as a unique public fishing and recreation space.
A $5 million grant was awarded in October 2013 to increase public access to the trail from Washington Avenue Green, and it’s planned extension onto Pier 53, all the way down to and including Pier 68.
James Jennings is the founder of the blog Pennsporter — a site dedicated to exploring Washington to Snyder, the Delaware River to Fourth.