South Wetlands Park Project 

The southern section of the waterfront offers a unique opportunity to establish a “wetlands park” between a series of abandoned piers to enhance and revive the area’s resiliency and ecological vitality. The Master Plan for the Central Delaware also included a recommendation for this new type of environmentally conscious park.

Between 2014 and 2015, DRWC began this work with the construction of two new pier parks at the northern and southern boundaries of the proposed wetlands park: Washington Avenue Pier and Pier 68. The long-term vision for the southern waterfront is to link these completed parks with the construction of new wetlands and improve the ecological habitat between them. To advance the connection between the two parks, the South Wetlands Park project will focus on the area just south of the base of Tasker Street through Pier 70 Boulevard, encompassing Piers 64, 67, 68, and 70. The finished park will not only offer new open space and waterfront access but also environmental education and stewardship opportunities and will serve as a unique model for urban ecological restoration.

In the late summer of 2019, DRWC selected OLIN Studio along with their team of environmental and engineering professionals to undertake a structural evaluation of the pier, develop an innovative and sensitive design concept, and lead a robust community engagement process. This planning effort is generously supported by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Recreation and the William Penn Foundation.

The project kicked off with a community science “BioBlitz” led by environmental scientists, and the event offered an opportunity for community members and stakeholders to interact with the waterfront ecology while providing feedback to the design team. Engagement for the South Wetlands Park is ongoing and OLIN and DRWC look forward to hearing from you and incorporating future input into the design process. The next public event for the project will take place this spring, with the date and location TBD. Please continue to check back here or follow us on social media to stay up to date.