The Master Plan for the Central Delaware is adopted by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission
The Master Plan was a two-year planning effort that led to a community-supported vision for the transformation of six miles of the Central Delaware Waterfront. The Plan proposed capping over one block of I-95 and Columbus Boulevard for the creation of a new signature waterfront park at Penn’s Landing, and for that park to be framed by new development.
Penn’s Landing Feasibility Study complete
The Penn’s Landing Feasibility Study advanced the concept proposed in the Master Plan through a deeper investigation into the structural and cost considerations of the new park. The Study suggested potential massing and program for development sites at Market Street and Marina Basin based on market demand and zoning allowances and demonstrated that the investment in public infrastructure combined with the private development at Market Street and Marina Basin would generate $1.6 billion in economic return to the City and Commonwealth.
Spruce Street Harbor Park opens
What began as a temporary activation of an underutilized public space became an iconic Philadelphia destination. SSHP changed the way Philadelphians think of and interact with the waterfront.
Funding for the Park at Penn’s Landing Park secured
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, City of Philadelphia, and the William Penn Foundation committed $225 to the construction of three infrastructure elements: a new 12-acre civic space built over I-95 and Columbus Boulevard between Front Street and River; an extension of the South Street Pedestrian Bridge to the river; and nearly two miles of the Delaware River Trail from Washington Avenue to Spring Garden Street.
‘Scissor ramps' connecting Market and Chestnut Street Bridges are demolished
DRWC removed obsolete infrastructure, opening up the Market Street site for future development.
PennDOT begins preliminary engineering and design for the Park at Penn’s Landing
PennDOT engaged a consultant team to begin design work for the civic space and extension of the South Street Pedestrian Bridge.