The Washington Avenue Pier park has opened at Pier 53 behind the Sheet Metal Workers’ union headquarters, at Washington Avenue and Columbus Boulevard.
City bigwigs on Friday cut the ribbon on the park, which provides a sanctuary and bird-watching area that injects a little nature into the city. The park includes a 55-foot Land Buoy sculpture, by artist Jody Pinto, that doubles as a lookout station. For an interesting look into Pinto’s artistic heritage, check out this Hidden City story.
There’s also a boardwalk that juts out over the river, benches, native plantings and references to the pier’s history as an immigration processing station.
City officials hope the park will help spur development along the southern portion of the waterfront much like Race Street Pier did just up the river.
Check out this CBS3 report if you want a 3-D tour.