Pier 68 Design
Pier 68 was designed by Studio Bryan Hanes following public meetings hosted by DRWC. Other members of the design team include Digsau, Azavea, Anchor Consultants, Stantec, and TEND Landscape, Inc. Scungio-Borst provided construction management services. The park was built over a period of seven months by Bittenbender Construction and Hydro Marine Construction, both women-owned companies with a total construction budget of about $1.8 million. It is a model for how a non-profit can work with multiple private and public funding sources to finance public space. DRWC has multiple organizations to thank, including:
- Department of Conservation and Natural Resources ($500,000)
- William Penn Foundation ($450,000)
- City of Philadelphia ($325,000)
- Department of Community and Economic Development ($250,000)
- Walmart ($200,000)
- Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities Grant through the National Fish and Wildlife Service ($75,000)
Pier 68 was designed in response to DRWC’s long-term programmatic goals for the area and shaped by the community’s desires, which were shared in multiple public meetings beginning in February 2014. Design elements include:
- An Entrance Deck with whimsical painted poles and repurposed maritime bollards to create a distinctive gateway for the pier. Located just off the future trail extension, this space serves as a resting spot for those using the trail and as a place where shopping center visitors can quickly experience the Pier Park.
- A Tree Canopy that begins to conceal the parking lot and traffic to the west. These trees serve as a threshold, marking that visitors have crossed into a new environment. Along the southern edge of the pier, visitors will find a number of picnic tables which can be used for casual meals or table-top games.
- The Aquatic Cut, 4.5’ deep cut into the pier surface allows water to filter up through the lower wood deck to reveal the semidiurnal tidal activity of the Delaware River. Filled with native, aquatic plants, this space will be a focal point for educators and curious visitors, creating a microcosm of the Delaware River’s pre-industrial ecology.
- The end of the pier features an Angled Lawn for lounging and sun-bathing. With proximity to the water and restored concrete paving, the Water-Side Walk and the open Pier Terminus supports a variety of events and activities such as recreational fishing or gathering to watch holiday fireworks. Custom-designed wave-shaped benches create a unique and distinctive park element that visitors will remember long after they’ve left.