Get an early view of Race Street Pier and help raise money for the arts

Want to be among the first to experience the new Race Street Pier? The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation is hosting a preview event featuring local fare and a fireworks display the evening of May 11 - the night before the new park opens to the public.

Race Street Pier is among the early waterfront projects meant to reconnect Philadelphia's neighborhoods with the Central Delaware Waterfront. The DRWC is overseeing the master planning process that will yield a plan to revamp the entire central Delaware, from Oregon to Allegheny avenues.

Local restaurants will provide food for this Wednesday night event. Beverages from yards Brewing Company in Ansonia and wines and Luksusowa Vodka will also be served. There will also be what DRWC is billing as “ambient entertainment.”

Proceeds benefit arts programming on the waterfront. Tickets are $150 and available starting Friday, April 1, at (note: the website won't be live until Friday).

About the author

Kellie Patrick Gates, Waterfront, casinos, planning reporter

Kellie Patrick Gates writes about planning, neighborhood development and the Central Delaware Waterfront. A journalist for more than two decades, she  worked for daily newspapers in Central Pennsylvania, Upstate New York and South Florida before coming to Philadelphia in 2003 to write for the Inquirer. Her work has appeared on PlanPhilly since 2007, and she also writes Love, the Inquirer's weekly wedding column. A native of Elk County, Pa., Kellie lives with her husband, Gary, and their dog and two cats.

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