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Welcome our new neighbor, Pier 53!

It’s so exciting to see the continued growth and development of the Delaware River waterfront… and we’re pleased to join the City in welcoming another new neighbor: Pier 53, the new pier park on the site of Philadelphia’s historic immigration station and the nation’s first Navy Yard.

Rendering of the new Pier 53 public space on the Delaware

The project will complement and enhance the surrounding Washington Avenue Green park. The new park’s features will include:

  • Public access to the end of the pier and panoramic views of the river
  • An elevated boardwalk as well as access to the river’s edge so visitors can touch the river
  • Public art by Jody Pinto that recognizes the site’s significance as an immigration station. “Land Buoy” is a 47-foot mast at the tip of Washington Avenue Pier. Its first 16 feet are a spiral staircase allowing visitors to get a crow’s-nest view of the river and New Jersey beyond. The top 7 feet is blue, semi-transparent fiberglass that illuminates at night from solar-powered batteries.
  • Innovative ecological improvements which will provide environmental and habitat benefits

Join Mayor Michael A. Nutter and the Delaware River Waterfront Corp (DRWC) at an official Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Pier 53 this Friday, August 15th, at 10:00 a.m. For more information, visit


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