The pier project is estimated to cost $1.5 million and will be funded through DRWC capital funds and grants from the William Penn Foundation and the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The design for the pier will offer the following public amenities:
- On-grade path that will allow visitors to reach the tip of the pier and get close enough to the water to touch it, an opportunity of intense interest to Friends of Washington Avenue Green.
- Ecological enhancements including intertidal and riparian plantings, and innovative stabilization methods
- Sensitivity to the historical context – repurposing of some of the materials of the site (both natural and man-made) into new park elements
- Interpretive signage will relate the site’s history as the nation’s first navy yard and an immigration station where over 1 million entered the US.
- Striking public art by artist Jody Pinto (see conceptual drawings below)
News about the new park: