River Revamp: Groundbreaking at Race Street Pier

The long-awaited groundbreaking ceremony for the Race Street Pier will happen on November 9. This new public space is scheduled to open in spring 2011. Mayor Nutter and others notables will offer remarks.

The landscape is being designed by nationally-acclaimed James Corner Field Operations. The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation hopes this vibrant new space will attract residents and tourists alike. Race Street Pier is only the beginning of a series of open space improvements proposed for the Delaware waterfront.

Details after the jump.

WHEN: 2 p.m. November 9

WHERE: Race Street Pier, Columbus Boulevard and Race Street at the Delaware River; parking available at Pier 11

WHAT: With funding from the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, William Penn Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (Coastal Zone Management), the Race Street Pier will be the first new public space of its kind on the Central Delaware River Waterfront.

WHO: Featured Groundbreaking Speakers include:


  • Mayor Michael Nutter, City of Philadelphia
  • Councilman Frank DiCicco, City of Philadelphia
  • Tom Corcoran, President of Delaware River Waterfront Corporation
  • Marilyn Jordan Taylor, Dean, Penn Design, University of Pennsylvania
  • James Corner, Field Operations, Lead Designer and Landscape Architect