Spruce Street Harbor Park at Columbus Boulevard and Spruce Street
Take your pick of activities: Lounge in a hammock orchard. Sit beneath an umbrella on an anchored barge overlooking floating flower gardens and the river. Drink Philly beer, eat Philly or boardwalkesque food, play bocce ball. That’s some of the new Spruce Street Harbor Park amenities on the new summer waterfront space.
Workers strung market lights from the top of the Columbus Monument, which will be surrounded by colorful tables, 250 chairs and umbrellas that already line three barges anchored around floating gardens and two shipping containers repurposed as The Blue Anchor. The Blue Anchor will feature a casual menu reflective of Chef Jose Garces’ vision, with a unique take on his Village Burger executed by Garces Event’s Chef Adam Delosso. The bar will serve local beer and cocktails to complement the menu selections. Food can be taken to, say, a hammock. Beer must stay in The Oasis. Three 80-foot by 30-foot barges make up the oasis.
Spruce Street Harbor Park will also feature a boardwalk (wheelchair accessible!), with more shipping containers turned into a snack concession and an arcade and the Mist Walk – a grouping of sculptural structures that will cool visitors off with a spray of water.
Go to the park website for more information about attractions and getting to the park.
DRWC worked with Interface Studio, Digsau, and Groundswell Design Group, to create the plan for the space, and is collaborating with David Fierabend of Groundswell Design Group to complete the project installation and with The Heads of State for brand design.
The park opens to the public at 11 a.m. Friday (there are some preview events before that), and will be open daily through Aug. 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. The hours for Blue Anchor, named for one of Philadelphia’s first pubs, have not been set yet.