Pier 53 is the next piece of a larger waterfront park project.
The design for a park at Pier 53 at Washington Avenue and Columbus Boulevard was unveiled last week.
The pier will be an extension of Washington Avenue Green. WAG, a green area that sits at the foot of the pier, was created in 2010.
Fifty-three will serve as the northern anchor of what developers call Wetlands Park, which connects the waterfront piers into a recreational trail system which will run south from Pier 53 to Pier 70.
Once renovated, visitors will now have access to the pier, and more importantly, the water.
A path will snake through the park and a beacon will mark the park's spot along Washington and Columbus. Signs will show site’s history as the nation’s first navy yard and an immigration station where more than 1 million peopled entered the US.
The pier project is estimated to cost $1.5 million.