It’s World Wetland Day!
DRWC’s future South Wetlands Park will aim to recreate the intertidal zone that once fringed the Delaware River by repurposing the human-made elements of Piers 64-70 to allow habitats to flourish and the public to engage with this unique landscape.
Before these areas were bulkheaded in the 19th century, the South Philadelphia Delaware Riverfront below Washington Avenue was a wide expanse of tidal wetlands and small creeks called “Wicoacoa Meadows."
Much of our work will be augmenting the natural processes occurring already in the land and water. We are following in the great footsteps of the Philadelphia Water Department, whose research scientists found the piers to be ideal spawning ground and refuge for fish species, a good sign of the river’s quality.
Thank you to William Penn Foundation, PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for believing in OLIN studio vision of an ecologically resilient Philadelphia waterfront and for supporting these conceptual plans.