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Washington Avenue Pier

Eco-friendly public space along the Delaware River waterfront

Washington Avenue Pier

Climb the 55-foot-tall "Land Buoy", a public art piece honoring the site's history as an immigration station. Credit: M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia


The Delaware River Waterfront continues to enhance and expand its amazing public spaces with the opening of Washington Avenue Pier.

Since the opening of Washington Avenue Green 2010 as the city’s first dedicated waterfront public space, the the Delaware River Waterfront has solidified its reputation as a must-visit destination with the renovated Race Street Pier and blockbuster summer pop-up Spruce Street Harbor Park.

The waterfront continues its expansion with the renovated Pier 53, located adjacent to Washington Avenue Green. In the summer of 2014, the $2.15 million renovation of the one-acre space was completed and the site was reopened as Washington Avenue Pier.

Visitors can walk along the water and enjoy panoramic views of the Delaware River and Philadelphia skyline. Washington Avenue Pier makes use of repurposed materials from the existing Pier 53 site and protects the surrounding wetlands with ego-friendly plantings and an elevated boardwalk.

Interpretive signage relates the site’s history as the nations’ first Navy Yard and Philadelphia’s immigration station where over one-million people entered the United States. The most striking feature at Washington Avenue Pier is the “Land Buoy”, a 55-foot public art piece by artist Jody Pinto and fabricated by Salter Spiral Stair. The impressive spiral staircase allows visitors to take in spectacular views of the waterfront while honoring the site’s history of immigration.

The Washington Avenue Pier will also serve as the northern anchor of a planned ecological park and recreational trail system running to Pier 68, which will open in October 2015.

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