Public meeting with Pier 68 designers set; DRWC 5-year report released



 The design team that will create a wetlands park from the former industrial pier will meet the public at a Feb. 12 open house.  The open house is set for 7 p.m. at EOM Hall, 138 Moore St.. Pizza will be served.

Pier 68 is located in Pennsport, behind the Columbus Boulevard Walmart. It’s owned by the city, via the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation. The park will focus on fishing – an activity for which there’s high demand, DRWC planners have said. It will also likely include amenities for people using small watercraft, such as kayaks. Another goal is the inclusion of a social media element. Perhaps fisherfolk can report on their catches, and bird watchers can tweet what they spot.

Options are open, DRWC Planner/Project Manager Lizzie Woods said in an email. “The design team isn’t coming with any particular concept in mind, so it is a chance for the community to really share all of their ideas,” she said.

Late last year, DRWC awarded a not-to-exceed $1 million design-build contract to Studio Bryan Hanes. The Studio’s other local work includes The Penn Treaty Master Plan, The Columbia Avenue Connector and Sister City’s Park. The team assembled by Hanes includes Bittenbender ConstructionDIGSAU Architects; Stantec, which is providing civil engineering services; Azavea, a company specializing in geographic web and mobile software; and TEND Landscape,

“After this meeting, the design team will use the ideas generated to create a concept design,” Woods said. “We’ll hold another public meeting to vet that idea before presenting the final design at a third public event. We are hoping for construction to start early this summer.”

The report, attached below, touches on subjects from new parks to programming, grants to the website.

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