SOURCE: Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

May 05, 2011 11:15 ET

Growth and Improvements to Philadelphia's Waterfront, Penn's Landing

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwire - May 5, 2011) - It's the beginning of another exciting summer season at Penn's Landing! The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation is proudly announcing significant growth and major improvements to Philadelphia's Waterfront. The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) is a non-profit organization working to transform the waterfront district into a vibrant destination location for recreational, cultural, and commercial activities for the residents and visitors of Philadelphia.

On Thursday, May 12, Mayor Nutter will return to the Penn's Landing area to cut the ribbon on the new Race Street Pier. Located at the end of Race Street along the water's edge, the new park features innovative landscape architecture in a dramatic setting that offers spectacular views of the waterfront. Visitors can walk along the tree-lined paths and relax in the grassy areas while enjoying amazing views of the Ben Franklin Bridge, Center City, and the Delaware River from a totally new vantage point. The Race Street Pier, opening next Thursday at 2pm, sets new standards in design and public input as part of the civic vision of high quality open space along the waterfront.

During the week of May 21, DRWC will begin phase one of greening the Great Plaza. Several new trees, as well as shrubs, plants and flowers will be planted around the Great Plaza. This will create a more positive visitor experience by adding shade and cooling the overall temperature of the Great Plaza. This is an expansion of the overall plan to Green the Waterfront and Green Philadelphia. Visitors to the Great Plaza this season will enjoy the first stages DRWC's vision of a green Great Plaza in the shade from the trees and the colors of the new landscaping.

On May 27, the Penn's Landing Marina will re-open after 4 months of renovations and dredging projects. The new depth will be more than 6ft at docks. In addition, docks were added, and new amenities such as new power pedestals, upgraded utilities, a sheeting wall to slow the build up of silt, a new ADA gangway, WiFi and telephone service will enhance the marina. This project, funded by DRWC was 2.2 million dollars in improvements to allow the Penn's Landing marina to welcome additional boaters and different types of boaters who were not able to visit this area in the past.

The increased traffic and business will benefit the marina and the surrounding businesses as well as the past and loyal marina customers that have been waiting anxiously for these improvements.

On May 27, DRWC will also complete a series of improvements to the restrooms at the Great Plaza. The improvements include new lighting, new ventilation and upgrades to the facilities to create a fresher and cleaner look for the restrooms. DRWC Site Operations team is completing most of this project at a cost of $80,000. This is the most extensive renovation ever to these 1986 restrooms. They will continue to be maintained by DRWC staff. New restroom hours will be 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. daily and until 10:00 p.m. on event days. These improvements to the Great Plaza will create a more pleasing experience for all visitors to Penn's Landing.

And, of course, there will be SPECTACULAR FIREWORKS, FAMILY FRIENDLY PROGRAMS, FABULOUS CONCERTS, AND EXCITING FESTIVALS, all taking place along Penn's Landing, Philadelphia's premier waterfront entertainment destination. For the most up-to-date event information, visit www.delawareriverevents.com.

Public Programming at Penn's Landing would not be possible without the continued support of corporate partners such as PECO, Verizon, Wells Fargo, Pennsylvania Lottery, Coca-Cola Refreshments-Philadelphia, and the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, all of whom are committed to serving the Greater Philadelphia community.

The 2011 Summer Program of Free Events at Penn's Landing is funded and produced by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC). All events produced by DRWC are FREE to the public and take place on the RiverStage at Penn's Landing, creating Philadelphia's premier waterfront entertainment destination.

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) is a nonprofit corporation created in January 2009, organized exclusively for the benefit of the City of Philadelphia and its citizens. The fundamental purpose of DRWC is to design, develop and manage the central Delaware River waterfront in Philadelphia. DRWC is transforming the waterfront into a vibrant destination location for recreational, cultural, and commercial activities for the residents and visitors of Philadelphia.

For more information and event details, please call (215) 922-2FUN or visit www.delawareriverevents.com. This website is a virtual resource for the waterfront which can help visitors plan to easily park, play and stay all day at Penn's Landing.

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