Plan for Delaware to be put into action

    Philadelphia is moving forward with plans to develop the Delaware River Waterfront. City officials and representatives of the William Penn Foundation have launched new efforts designed to make the riverfront easier to get to, and more fun for the people who do. Grant money will help kick into gear the Penn Praxis “Action Plan for the Central Delaware.”

    Philadelphia is moving forward with plans to develop the Delaware River Waterfront. City officials and representatives of the William Penn Foundation have launched new efforts designed to make the riverfront easier to get to, and more fun for the people who do. Grant money will help kick into gear the Penn Praxis “Action Plan for the Central Delaware.” WHYY’s Elizabeth Fiedler reports.

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    Penn Praxis Executive Director Harris Steinberg says the dollars will give an empty overgrown pier structure at Race street and Columbus Boulevard a major makeover. He says Pier 11 will be transformed into a public space similar to the piers along the Hudson River on the west side of Manhattan.

    Steinberg: “They’re really very beautiful lawns and public spaces that connect to a trail system that’s next to a pretty high volume surface boulevard — the West Side Highway — that includes bike paths and walking trails and soccer fields and other amenities. People actually use some of them for sunbathing and just kind of escaping the dense west side of Manhatthan.”

    The money will also help finance a public access master plan to guide development of the Delaware River waterfront and public trail system.

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