Washington Avenue Pier

Eco-friendly public space along the Delaware River waterfront

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Pier 53, located adjacent to Washington Avenue Green, reopened as Washington Avenue Pier in the summer of 2014 after $2.15-million renovation of the one-acre space.

The Delaware River Waterfront offers amazing public spaces, including Washington Avenue Pier, where visitors and residents can relax and enjoy Philadelphia’s shores.

Since the opening of Washington Avenue Green in 2010 as the city’s first dedicated waterfront public space, 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 Experience

Visitors 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 eco-friendly plantings and an elevated boardwalk. Visitors walk along the water and enjoy panoramic views of the Delaware River and Philadelphia skyline.

Interpretive signage relates the site’s history as the nation’s 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.

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