October 17, 2018 Blog
Everything you need to know about Philadelphia’s newest public space
On October 12th at 5PM, Philadelphians will get a chance to see their newest public space — Cherry Street Pier. Cherry Street Pier (CSP) is a year-round, mixed-use public space on the central Delaware River Waterfront built into the shell of a 55,000 square foot, century-old municipal pier.
In six months with a budget of $5M, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) has created a highly visible cultural and commercial anchor for the area that is a key part of the organization’s Master Plan for the Central Delaware. “Cherry Street Pier is the latest in a string of revolutionary projects along the Waterfront that are helping to transform not only the Waterfront, but the City as a whole. This park is another example of the importance of investing in civic assets to help transform cities, and this is a true example of a transformation – from a vacant industrial pier to thriving public space and creative hub,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. William Penn Foundation has been an instrumental partner from the beginning, from funding the Master Plan and Race Street Pier, through the building of Cherry Street Pier and even more projects to come. Said Judilee Reed, Program Director for Creative Communities at the William Penn Foundation, “In addition to being another important step in the redevelopment of the Delaware Waterfront, Cherry Street Pier is creating a new public space for local art to be celebrated and is a powerful example of how non-traditional venues can be used to break down perceived barriers about what it means to participate in the arts.” Today, DRWC is proud to announce more additions to the Pier.