Washington Avenue Green is getting larger. Natural Lands Trust, in partnership with the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC), has recently acquired a 100-foot swath of land, as well as Pier 56 (iadjacent to Pier 53) along with the riparian rights. The total acquisition of 9.5 acres will make possible the continuance of the riverfront trail set back 100 feet from the river's edge and continued environmental restoration.
The trail continues. Immediately to the south, on the site adjacent to the Sheet Metal Workers' property south of Reed Street (the former site of the proposed Foxwoods Casino) the plan is to continue this extension. Developer Bart Blatstein, who controls the site, said on March 18, 2015 that he is also working with the Natural Lands Trust to set aside the next segment of the riverfront trail. Read the story from PlanPhilly.
Pier 68 Grand Opening. On October 1, Mayor Michael Nutter cut the ribbon officially opening the formerly abandoned pier to the public. It is the southernmost anchor of a string of piers planned for the southern Delwaware River, connected by contiguous wetlands and a trail along the water's edge.
for more information, check out the News/Events page on this site.
Plan Philly has a detailed description of the new park. Read all about it here.
Pier 70. In 2012 five acres of land and 11 acres of riparian lands at the end of Pier 70 Boulevard were purchased by Natural Lands Trust. The two sites (Pier 53 and Pier 70) now serve as bookends for the proposed southern Delaware River Trail, a permanent .7-mile multi-use, recreational trail along the river. The area is planned to include mixed-use developments by private builders.
Above: View of Pier 56 from Pier 53. Until 1876, this pier was the southernmost limit of the United States Navy Yard. It later became a commercial pier for the Allen Line.
DRWC and Natural Lands Trust are now in the process of finalizing similar agreements of sale with Tower Investments for the acquisition of 100 feet of land plus associated riparian lands from the parcel in the middle of the two completed acquisitions.
Read more on DRWC's website: One step closer to a brand new bike trail.
Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 8 am. the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club (DVOC) is hosting an event at Washington Avenue Green— a very productive viewing area for migrating birds such as warblers, cuckoos and thrushes. Afterwards, they will visit Alexander Wilson's grave at Old Swede's church (just across Columbus Blvd. from Washington Avenue Green.) Alexander Wilson is regarded as the greatest American ornithologist before Audubon. Meeting Location: Washington Avenue and Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA. This DVOC/Philadelphia Parks and Recreation trip is free to members and non-members. Contact: Tony Croasdale.
October 15, 2015—Reserve a scarecrow frame for scarecrow builidng on October 24. Fun! Games! A hayride! Refreshments! Free! Here's the link to the poster for more details. Fun Fest and Scarecrow Contest
To participate, you must reserve your frame by October 15. To send your reservation, Click here.
Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 9:30 to 11 am. Walk the Piers with Scott Quitel. Visit and learn about the unseen urban ecology of three piers along the Delaware — the new Fishing Pier, Washington Avenue Pier, and an undeveloped wild pier or two. Stumble upon spontaneous art and reflect on the good and the bad of human-impacted ecology along the waterfront. For more information, please visit LandHealth Institute's website. $10 per person.
Ongoing at Washington Avenue Green is the Pier 53 Project—a historical study of the immigrants who arrived at the Pier from 1876 to the 1920's, their stories, and the stories of their descendants. Each story is part of a mosaic that contributes to the history of Philadelphia and its waterfront, and ultimately to the history of immigration in the United States.
Here's the link to the Pier 53 Project page on this site. Pier 53 Project