Panoramic Views of the River at Washington Avenue Pier
Washington Avenue Pier, formerly named Pier 53, is one of the newest greenspaces that the DRWC has created on the Central Delaware. The design of the park honors its evolving role on the waterfront from shipbuilding center to port-of-entry to naturalized finger pier, providing the following features to visitors:
- Panoramic views of the Delaware River, Center City and the Benjamin Franklin and Walt Whitman bridges
- An on-grade path allowing visitors to reach the tip of the pier and touch the water
- An elevated boardwalk allowing visitors to pass over wetland habitat below
- “Land Buoy.” a striking 55’ spire by artist Jody Pinto that allows visitors to climb a 16’ spiral staircase to a platform that allows for views up and down the river. The Land Buoy also emits a soft blue light, acting as a beacon and an invitation, and recalling the pier’s history as Philadelphia’s immigration station.
- Ecological enhancements including intertidal and riparian plantings, and innovative stabilization methods
- Sensitivity to the historical context by repurposing some of the materials of the site (both natural and man-made) into new park elements, including furnishings and a gateway marker at the intersection of Columbus Boulevard and Washington Avenue announcing the entry point to the park.
- Interpretive signage relating the site’s history as the nation’s first navy yard and an immigration station where over 1 million entered the US.