Photos: Cherry Street Pier Opens and Delights

After many months of anticipation, Cherry Street Pier officially opened its doors this past Friday, October 12. A local marching band led an excited crowd across the venue’s arch entry and into the pier. Philadelphians were greeted with a dynamic space featuring artist studios, food trucks, a bar, a garden area with cafe-style seating and wooden bleachers, and epic sunset views of the Benjamin Franklin bridge and Race Street Pier.


Cherry Street Pier (CSP) is a year-round, mixed-use public space on the central Delaware River Waterfront built into the shell of a 55,000 square foot, century-old municipal pier. Of the space, Mayor Jim Kenney said, “This park is another example of the importance of investing in civic assets to help transform cities, and this is a true example of a transformation – from a vacant industrial pier to thriving public space and creative hub.”


CSP’s press release noted that the space, “…focuses on supporting emerging artists and fostering creative communities. Visitors will be able to interact with artists on-site to learn about their processes, take workshops, and purchase art.” Patrick Morgan, Director/Philadelphia of Knight Foundation, said, “With Knight Foundation support, Cherry Street Pier will be a model site to help look anew at how art and public space can come together to engage all residents.”


Public programming will take place through the fall and winter and will include:



Joe Forkin, President of the Delaware River Waterfront Corp, noted, “With a variety of vendors including Hardena, Cooperage, Little Baby’s Ice Cream, and Birdie’s Biscuits, 14 artist studios, year-round programming, and a beautiful garden with unbeatable river views, Cherry Street Pier is a reflection of Philadelphia today—creative, diverse, historic, adaptable, and inspired.”


So how did Philly enjoy the first weekend of the Pier’s opening? We gathered some of their photos below. Share your Instagram shots from CSP with us by tagging us @citywidestories and using #citywidephl.