CHERRY STREET PIER TO TRANFSFORM MUNICIPAL PIER 9 INTO DESTINATION FOR CREATIVITY AND COLLABORATION THANKS TO GRANT FROM THE KNIGHT FOUNDATION
Cherry Street Pier is a mixed-use public space created by and for the community. Built into the shell of a century-old municipal pier, Cherry Street Pier is a reflection of Philadelphia today – enthralling, malleable, and diverse. The Pier is at once a market, workspace, venue, and park, equitably shared and enriched by residents and visitors.
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is investing $683,000 in the project to test a model for repurposing civic spaces to help cities increase economic opportunity and promote inclusion.
Cherry Street Pier occupies the former Municipal Pier 9 on the Delaware River, a relic of the city’s industrial heritage built in 1919. After years of vacancy, the building’s 55,000 square feet have been sustainably reborn as a communal thoroughfare hosting merchants, artists, a bar and dining venue, businesess, performance and event space, and an outdoor garden.
A casual space for dining and drinking welcomes Philadelphians to an open and accessible setting to meet, share, and celebrate.
The Garage offers Philadelphia’s most ambitious artists, creatives, and businesses a collaborative, vibrant, and affordable home to make and invent in studios built from repurposed shipping containers.
The Market is a bazaar-like corridor where local merchants and artisans vend goods and services that support city residents and delight visitors.
As a truly responsive public forum, the Platform is a constantly revolving and adaptable performance venue, art exhibition, recreation area, and event space that is both curated and experienced by the community.
An open-air garden springs from Cherry Street Pier’s steel trusses to provide a placid and green refuge on the riverbank, complete with a cafe and space for recreation and relaxation.
Cherry Street Pier purposefully introduces a diverse collection of pursuits, activities, and patrons in a formerly unused public space to spur organic collaboration and communal creativity for all of Philadelphia.
Cherry Street Pier facilitates civic engagement to serve all citizens through open-ended social capital. The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation envisions the Pier as a functional public destination that is concentrated, egalitarian, and universally accessible and beneficial. Cherry Street Pier will continue to grow and evolve with the city of Philadelphia and its residents.