Washington Avenue Green


Winter, 2017. Not much is happening at the Park these days. It's cold. Plants are in hibernation. The diehard joggers pass by, as well as the dog walkers and the bicyclists, but they don't stay very long. Some light snow showers have been seen but the effects don't last. The giant snowstorms experienced in past years have not yet been here.

The days are getting longer, but it's hardly noticeable. Canada geese that used to migrate decades ago are now a permanent fixture of the Delaware Valley. Intrepid ducks stay here year round. The more colorful birds start migrating from the south in March, so they'll be seen a few short weeks. But for now, everything is grey and quiet.

Spring and summer events planned for the Park are in the very early planning stages.




The waterfront had once been described as 'the retreating glacier of Philadelphia's industrial past'.

Also in early planning stages is the first-stage development of 'Liberty on the River'—a building plan for development of the area directly south of Pier 53 by K4 Associates.

K4 expects to break ground in the spring of 2017, with initial building of a rental tower of approximately 268 units, a hotel, and an open space entrance connecting to the off-ramp from I95.

The final plan is to have ten towers, two of which are to occupy Pier 55, and two to occupy Pier 57.





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 .

Photo of sign above is by Kathy Martin. All other photos and artwork by Susan McAninley.