$1 million contract on Pier 68 awarded to Sister Cities Park designer

The landscape architect that worked on Center City’s highly successful Sister Cities Park will be the firm that designs a new fishing-focused park at Pier 68 behind Walmart on Columbus Boulevard.

Image from Plan Philly
Image from Plan Philly

Plan Philly reports that Studio Bryan Hanes has been awarded a contract  to lead the team that builds the park, which is to include fish-cleaning stations, wetlands and “likely also places to temporarily dock small boats, such as kayaks.”

DRWC Planner/Project Manager Lizzie Woods said that the design could include some interesting social media elements for the park, which is scheduled to open in time for a bass-fishing competition in August:

Woods said after the meeting the hope is that users of the future park will be able to both give and receive information via social media, from tidal reports to pictures of fish that were caught that day to birds that were spotted.

Expect a public meeting in January. Design on the park will begin this month after the contract is finalized, Plan Philly says.