October 5, 2021 Blog

Penn’s Landing: A New Vision

When you think about the Delaware River Waterfront, what comes to mind?

For most people, it’s the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, which for the past few decades has been a destination for concerts and special events despite its many accessibility challenges. But that will all change, as the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) seeks to develop a 11.5-acre park on Penn’s Landing to connect Philadelphians to the waterfront in a new way.

Join Joe Forkin, President of DRWC, as he takes you through a brief history of the Philadelphia Waterfront’s growth and expansion over the past decade as it strives to create accessible and equitable public spaces along the 6-mile stretch of the Delaware River Waterfront. From the development of the Master Plan of the Central Delaware in 2011; to its earlier implementations that have resulted in redesigned connector streets, award-winning destinations like Race Street Pier , Spruce Street Harbor Park , Washington Avenue Pier ; to the nearly complete Delaware River Trail , a multi-purpose trail that will improve how people travel to and from the waterfront, learn how our mission, as well as your feedback in the design of this exciting, new public park is bringing this project from an idea to a reality. We cannot wait to show you what’s next!

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This is part one in a three-part Park Design Video Series about the history of the Park at Penn’s Landing design and public engagement process. Review part two, Penn’s Landing: Gathering Community Input, for how community engagement is shaping the design and future programming at the park, and part-three, Penn’s Landing: Updated Park Design, for new renderings of the park.