Today marked the official naming and ribbon cutting of the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation’s new park on Pier 53. Named the Washington Avenue Pier, the beautiful public space follows the precedent of the Race Street Pier and the Spruce Street Harbor Park: parks named after the streets they flow from to reinforce the connection between the river and the city we live in.

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Mayor Nutter was present and remarked that when you take care of your river, the river starts to take care of you. Spruce Street Harbor Park was voted one of the best urban beaches in the world by the Huffington Post (Read the article here – Philly even makes it into the intro!), and Bassmaster Elite’s success last weekend shows how far ecological restoration of the Delaware has come. Now the Washington Street Pier is a new jewel in the network of parks that brings Philly to its waterfront.

Photos of the park will be posted soon! In the meantime, readPhilly Mag’s take on the ribbon cutting here.