OPEN SPACE UPDATES AT THE NAVY YARD
PIDC is pleased to announce the completion of The Navy Yard Riverfront Greenway, a one-mile long recreational walking, jogging, and biking path along Admiral Peary Way and the Delaware River, designed by local landscape architecture firm, Simone Collins. This phased $8.1 million project began with substantial repairs required to the adjacent seawall, which is the only federal flood protection project in the City of Philadelphia. The historic seawall was improved by the U.S. Army Engineers over the course of 12 months, and construction and landscaping of the Riverfront Greenway began in September 2012.
During the first few weeks of December, the remaining trees will be planted along the path, which connects to URBN’s Dry Dock Park. The Riverfront Greenway is now open for tenants and visitors who want to take in the scenery during lunch!
Another park update at The Navy Yard includes League Island Park. Construction began in November and is slated to be completed in June 2013. League Island Park, a $2 million, 2.5-acre park designed by Philadelphia firms Wells Appel and KS Engineers, will be bounded by 11th and 12th Street to the east and west, Constitution Avenue to the north, and the proposed 25,000 square foot Penn State University building, which will be working in conjunction with the EEB Hub’s Building 661, to the south.
League Island Park’s name comes from the history of The Navy Yard, where the original land was an island on the Delaware River. The water channel between South Philadelphia and League Island was filled in, creating today’s 1,200-acre Navy Yard. The park will include an innovative stormwater collection feature, through a partnership with the Philadelphia Water Department.
When complete, League Island Park will be The Navy Yard’s fifth open space. Other green spaces include 3.5-acre Crescent Park, also designed by Wells Appel, the historic 8-acre Marine Parade Grounds, and URBN’s Dry Dock Park for enjoyment!
To learn more about The Navy Yard, please visit www.navyyard.org.