Proposed park for Pier 53 on the Delaware gets a new look

Construction on the extension of the park at the eastern end of Washington Avenue onto Pier 53 will begin by the fall, and the organizers of the effort have released a new rendering of what will come.

Rendering via Plan Philly
Rendering via Plan Philly

Plan Philly reports that the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation says it has gotten permits from the city water department and expects permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and state Department of Environmental Protection to be ready by early fall.

That puts the timeline for the park to be finished by next summer.

It doesn’t appear that any changes were made to the original Pier 53 plan, which includes a 55-foot tower that would have a lookout at 16 feet and a slender “phosphorescent glass cylinder” that would glow through the night.

The rendering released in April.
The rendering released in April.

The artist who will create the “Land Buoy” light sculpture at the end of the pier, Jody Pinto, will present her plans to the city art commission this fall, Woods said.

Besides this proposal providing necessary green space along the river – something that should have been done years ago – it’s a hell of a lot better than what’s there now.

Image from Plan Philly
Image from Plan Philly

Imagine a boardwalk over the water jutting out from the pier. That’s also part of the plan.



One thought on “Proposed park for Pier 53 on the Delaware gets a new look

  • July 31, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    It’s going to be quite nice despite how far removed it feels. It’s a shame that one feels as though they could be killed trying to cross the street to get to it. And that little strip mall across the street is pretty sad.

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