About Cherry Street Pier

Created for and by the Philadelphia community, Cherry Street Pier is a mixed-use public space on the central Delaware River waterfront. Built into the shell of a century-old municipal pier, it is a year-round creative incubator, marketplace, performance venue, and social space for all of Philadelphia to enjoy.

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a vibrant, collaborative home

Our Vision

Our vision is to provide a vibrant, collaborative home for Philadelphia’s most visionary artists and entrepreneurs. We strive to facilitate meaningful civic engagement and community building, and act as a public destination that is inspiring, enlightening, and universally accessible. Ultimately, we hope Cherry Street Pier will serve as a model for community partners and public space providers to help better understand how civic assets can support and tap into entrepreneurial energy.

Our History

Formerly known as Municipal Pier 9, Cherry Street Pier is a 65,000 square foot warehouse and former shipping pier which was once a vibrant part of Philadelphia’s shipping industry. After decades of vacancy, the Pier has been carefully repurposed to preserve and celebrate its historic value including the original railroad tracks, steel trussed roof, and masonry headhouses. Located just south of the Race Street Pier and along North Columbus Boulevard, Cherry Street Pier is the newest public asset connecting Philadelphia residents and visitors to the central Delaware River waterfront.

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Ode to Cherry Street Pier

Ode to Cherry Street Pier commemorates the history of the Pier and its vibrant future. The poem was written by Cherry Street Pier resident artist alumna and Philly’s former poet laureate Yolanda Wisher. Video by Cory J Popp.

On the Waterfront
Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) is a 501(c)(3) created in 2009 exclusively for the benefit of the City of Philadelphia and its citizens. Our fundamental purpose is to design, develop, program, and maintain public amenities such as permanent and seasonal parks, trails, and streetscape improvements to transform the waterfront into a vibrant destination for recreational, cultural, and commercial activities for residents and visitors of Philadelphia as is consistent with the goals of the Master Plan for Central Delaware. Daily programming throughout the year is changing the way Philadelphians see and discuss the waterfront, and is helping to create spaces and communities that connect residents and visitors to the waterfront.

Created for Philadelphians, by Philadelphians

Defining the future of Cherry Street Pier

In only six months, with a budget of $5M, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation has created a highly visible cultural and commercial anchor that is a key part of our Master Plan for the Central Delaware. And we couldn’t have done it without the help of several key partners—thank you for your generous contributions.

Funding for Cherry Street Pier was generously provided by the following partners
Thank you to our design and construction team, who helped DRWC make our vision for Cherry Street Pier a reality

Become a partner

Delaware River Waterfront Corporation is currently seeking space and programming sponsorships. If you or your organization are interested in getting involved in the next great public space on the waterfront, please reach out to our team at cherrystreetpier@drwc.org. Together, we’ll define the future of Cherry Street Pier.