Pier 53: Next piece of waterfront development

Pier 53 renderings courtesy of the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation.
Pier 53 renderings courtesy of the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation.

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.



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