I truly love the city of Philadelphia, but have always been disappointed at how underutilized the waterfront has been. Well all of that is changing! I spent a beautiful Sunday morning walking the waterfront at Columbus Blvd, taking photographs and experiencing the exciting transformation! The beauty of the boats with their gorgeous sails articulating the sky in such a graphic way have always been a draw to the waterfront. But now, there are so many other reasons to come and visit. Hammock Park is literally like an art installation with the vibrant cloth strung from tree to tree. The trees are articulated with both string lights and beams of light and at night the park will be aglow. I am anticipating a magical effect. My dear friends at Groundswell created the floating barge with really beautiful gardens and colorful lounge seating. There are beer gardens, and reclaimed train cars with food and games. One of Philadelphia’s most celebrated chefs, Jose Garces will host a pop up restaurant called Blue Anchor. Should one wish to get even closer to the water, the charming Lenny is waiting to help you with the swan boats, row boats and canoes available for rental. The park will open to the public on June 27th. Visit and experience why Philadelphia is such a special city.
Do not forget about Head House Market, a farm to table farmers market. I love to buy my produce here every Sunday!
These are the prettiest little boats.
The brand new hammock park is so visually beautiful that it is indeed an art installation. At night, there will be lights twinkling overhead. It will be magic. I can not wait until it opens Friday the 27th of June.
I am looking forward to lounging here! David – is glass allowed?
Groundswell did such a beautiful job on these floating gardens. So proud of you my friends!
Floating barges and floating gardens.
Pop up garden, restaurant and beer gardens will draw countless visitors to the floating barges on the Delaware. A big congratulations to David Fierbend of Groundswell for your part in this fabulous installation.
Look how beautiful Philadelphia is. It can rival any city, anywhere.
There is so much inspiration all around the waterfront to be photographed. I took over 1000 photos. What a beautiful way to spend a Sunday morning.
This spectacular sculpture is a series of pipes that will mist water in which visitors can cool off.
There will be plenty of food to chose from.
The young and the young forever, will love the swan and dragon boats.
Lenny is so friendly and helpful, He is ready to rent visitors a rowboat or a canoe. What a peaceful way to spend a beautiful afternoon.
These old train cars are being repurposed and will be ready to go on opening day (June 27th) with games and snack.
Fresh cut filed flowers.
Fresh cut field flowers.
Fennel will always remind me of Papa Casazza.
There is nothing quite as delicious and as lovely as farm to table vegetables.