New fishing pier coming to South Philadelphia
Pier 68 will become a public fishing pier under a plan being developed by The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC). An RFP has been issued seeking designers and builders for the pier, which DRWC acquired about a year and a half ago, along with several other piers in South Philadelphia behind the Walmart and Home Depot. There is a very strong demand for fishing access on the waterfront and other recreational activities such as launching kayaks, may also become part of the plan, according to the DRWC
An RFP calls for places to temporarily dock small boats, fish-cleaning stations, the creation of wetlands. It also asks for the creation of on-line or mobile methods for people to interact with the park. DRWC will interview potential firms next month, with the goal of the board awarding a contract in December.
DRWC Vice President for Marketing, Programming and Corporate Partnerships Jodie Milkman said the goal is to have the park done by the second week of next August, when a Bassmaster Fishing Tournament will be held in Philadelphia, on the Delaware River. DRWC is in discussions with the tournament to hold it at Penn’s Landing, she said. The fishing pier could also get national television exposure.
DRWC has about $750,000 to do the Pier 68 project now, and Woods said it can be done very well within that budget, but more funds are being sought that would allow for more options. One possibility: Sponsorships by fishing gear companies. Another possibility: Using some of the $5 million the William Penn Foundation just donated to DRWC. See http://planphilly.com/articles/2013/10/03/new-fishing-pier-coming-to-south-philadelphia.