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First Look At The Spruce Street Harbor Park

June 24, 2014


Super excited yesterday to get a little preview of the Spruce Street Harbor Park (aka #SSHP), which opens this weekend for 2 months on the Delaware Waterfront at Spruce street!

As a lifelong Philadelphian that’s been promised cool things are coming to the waterfront for years, I feel like things are ACTUALLY starting to happen down there: Jose Garces food, Art In The Age cocktails, and tons of local beer on 3 retired barges surrounding a floating garden with a ‘net lounge’ hanging over the water; a nearly 2-block-long boardwalk with other fun snacks, bocce ball courts, arcade games, a sea of hammocks, and shipping container murals curated by Art Star including the likes of Bonnie Kaye Whitfield (pictured above) and Michael Konrad, among other local artists.

A little more detail from Delaware River Waterfront Corporation:

“Spruce Street Harbor Park (SSHP) engages the river in a reimagining of summer on the waterfront. Starting the last weekend in June, waterfront visitors will be able to lounge in a hammock orchard, read a book on colorful Adirondack chairs, take in a cool summer night on the Oasis – floating, landscaped barges complete with water garden, and eat delicious food while relaxing in the net lounge hanging over the water. With the help of an ArtPlace America Grant, and the vision of David Fierabend from Groundswell Design Group, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) is completely transforming this riverfront space. DRWC also worked with Interface Studios and Digsau to create the plan for the park, and is collaborating with The Heads of State for brand design.  Through landscaping, programming, and art installations influenced by the maritime history of the area, this project will showcase the River’s industrial past, and the bright future ahead for Philadelphia’s waterfront.”

Really looking forward to this!

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