SPRUCE STREET HARBOR PARK – Summer of Fun Along the Delaware River at Penns Landing

PRESS RELEASE – occasionally I will just out and out publish a press release. I chose this one cause it’s so epic, in it’s message and just the work that went into it.
The Delaware River
Waterfront Corporation and Mayor Nutter announced today that Spruce
Street Harbor Park and Philadelphia’s first and only outdoor roller
skating rink will open Memorial Day Weekend 

– April 9, 2015 – Last year, thousands of Philadelphians and visitors
to the region enjoyed a true summer oasis on the Delaware River
Waterfront at Spruce Street Harbor
Park. Thanks to the generosity of Univest Corporation and Valley Green
Bank, A Division of Univest Bank and Trust Co. (Univest/Valley Green
Bank), the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) will be able to
re-open Spruce Street Harbor Park (SSHP) this summer, Memorial Day
Weekend, one month earlier than its debut last year and it will remain
open every day through the end of September
addition, on the heels of 21 successful years of ice skating along the
river at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, DRWC will be introducing
Philadelphia’s first outdoor roller
skating rink called Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest. This new
waterfront attraction will also be opening Memorial Day Weekend and will
be open seven days a week
, thanks to the generous sponsorship by Independence Blue Cross, making the Delaware River
Waterfront the place to start and spend the summer.
With these two unique seasonal attractions
PLUS an entire summer full of great concerts, festivals,
and movies, the Delaware River Waterfront is going to be the world class
waterfront that the city has been waiting for.
“The development and additions to the Delaware
River Waterfront in recent years is truly remarkable,” said Mayor
Michael A. Nutter.
  “Philadelphians and visitors alike have a new area
of the city to explore and enjoy.  This would not be
possible without the help of our great corporate partners, especially
Independence Blue Cross and Univest/Valley Green Bank.  The Waterfront
is now one of the many reasons why Philadelphia is one of the most
toured and visited cities in America.”
Spruce Street Harbor Park
(SSHP) was heralded across national press as one of the best places to
visit in Philadelphia, and was embraced by the Philadelphia community as
a game changer for the Delaware River Waterfront. The vibrancy and
beauty of the site drew half a million visitors
who enjoyed seasonal food, colorful hammocks, floating gardens, and
beautiful lights, making it a gathering space for Philadelphia residents
and regional visitors. Having established the vision and program, DRWC
is working again with the team at Groundswell
Design on the themed environment and décor for both sites.
DRWC is pleased to announce that thanks to its new partnership with
Green Bank
, the park will be returning this summer with an expanded season and offerings.
“As both the Vice Chairman of the Delaware River
Waterfront Corporation and president of Valley Green Bank, a division of
Univest Bank and Trust Co., I am so proud to partner with Univest as
the lead sponsor for this season’s Spruce Street
Harbor Park,” said Jay Goldstein. “A jewel on the Delaware, Spruce
Street Harbor Park is a popular summer destination for local families
and visitors to the Greater Philadelphia region.  Both Valley Green Bank
and Univest believe strongly in supporting The
Delaware River Waterfront Corporation’s efforts to add to the vibrancy
of the waterfront and to reconnect it to Center City.”
SSHP Highlights
  • Open May 22 through the end of September, seven days a week. Through the
    support of Univest/Valley Green Bank, DRWC will open the park one month
    earlier and in response to the demand from last season, will keep it
    open through the fall.
  • You asked and we listened. The return of SSHP will include expanded
    restaurant offerings. The Garces Group will return with new concepts and
    even more food locations.
  • A new planted meadow with perennials donated by the Philadelphia Museum
    of Art, thoughtfully repurposing the materials from  Sol LeWitt’s
    award-winning temporary installation
    Lines in Four Directions in Flowers to create a spectacular new flowering garden for all to continue to enjoy.
  • The SSHP Boardwalk returns, this time extended to incorporate other
    acclaimed Philadelphia restauranteurs, seating options, and a new family
    entertainment area, making SSHP a Philadelphia dining destination.
  • The Oasis returns with three floating barges, water gardens, colorful
    seating, and a newly conceptualized restaurant and bar. The centerpiece
    of the Oasis, the net lounge, will extend from the barges allowing
    visitors to hang over and almost touch the water
    underneath them.
  • More hammocks and seating! Hammocks will be added to every accessible
    area to allow for summer lounging along the waterfront. Bistro tables,
    Adirondack chairs, and picnic tables will be added to the expanded
    footprint of the park to accommodate even more visitors.
  • A summer survey showed that many visitors came to the park via bike,
    walking, and public transit. Signage will be added to help locate the
    park along the waterfront, and bike parking will be increased on-site.
    In addition,
    Ride Indego, Philadelphia’s new bike share program will have a station across the street from Spruce Street Harbor Park at Foglietta Plaza.
  • Lights, Camera, Action! The lights that made the park so unique, and
    were widely shared on Instagram, will be back to once again create a
    visual feast along the waterfront. In addition, programming throughout
    the summer will create even more reasons to visit
    the park and stay at the hotels nearby.
  • Spruce Street Harbor Park will once again be FREE and open to the public, which is part of the mission of DRWC. 

The Delaware River Waterfront, Mayor Nutter and representatives from
Independence Blue Cross also announced the debut of

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
, Philadelphia’s first and only
outdoor roller skating rink located on the beautiful Delaware River.
This major new attraction complements Spruce Street Harbor Park in the
summer, and provides a strong summertime counterpart
to the very successful Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. The roller
skating rink, which was made possible by Independence Blue Cross, will
provide a fantastic outdoor summer activity for family, friends and date
nights. The rink will be located among a summer
landscape complete with a boat house-themed Lodge serving a variety
fare from the Garces Group and other Philadelphia restauranteurs. In
tandem with other events and waterfront parks, this new addition will
make the waterfront the perfect location for a summer
day and night.  
nearly 80 years, Independence Blue Cross has worked hard to help our
community get active and improve their fitness, from encouraging people
to ice skate at the Blue Cross RiverRink, 
walk at lunch, run the Blue Cross Broad Street Run, and soon to ride
bikes through the new Indego program,” said Independence President and
CEO Daniel J. Hilferty. “We’re pleased to continue that commitment to
health by sponsoring Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest,
which is a perfect complement to the hugely successful Blue Cross
RiverRink Winterfest which we’ve proudly sponsored for more than 20
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest Highlights
  • Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest will encompass the same footprint as
    Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, once again creating an active oasis
    along the waterfront featuring a rink surrounded by immersive
    landscaping. This new roller skating rink will feature roller
    skates and in-line skates and a high end roller hockey-grade flooring
  • Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest will be open May 22 through the end of
    September, seven days a week. Through the support of Independence Blue
    Cross, the rink will open Memorial Day weekend, and will remain active
    through the end of September.
  • Home to Philadelphia’s first outdoor roller skating rink. This easily
    accessible rink provides a fun activity for kids, and a bit of nostalgia
    for those who used to strap on roller skates when they were kids.
  • An island in the center of the roller rink will add a design element not
    seen at any other rink. The leafy space will not only provide shade and
    seating, but will help support a canopy of lights.
  • The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest Lodge will be transformed into a
    boathouse-themed restaurant and venue, with décor to match the relaxed
    summer vibe – think canoes, paddles, fans, misters and more. It will be a
    respite from the summer heat with air conditioning
    and will be a great place to relax, have a bite to eat, grab a drink,
    and watch the skaters and the river.
  • The wraparound porch will remain, complete with rocking chairs for the
    idyllic summer day spent lounging with a great view and a delicious
  • Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest will be a family playground… literally.
    In addition to roller skating, a naturalistic playscape and arcade will
    provide an area for kids to play while they’re not skating.
  • Garces Group in addition to other Philadelphia restaurants will bring
    high-quality food and beverages to Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest,
    which will fully complement the food offerings on the Great Plaza at
    Penn’s Landing and at Spruce Street Harbor Park.
  • Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest will be FREE and open to the public. Roller skating will be a ticketed activity with tickets that can be purchased in advance online or on-site.
    As during the winter, all Independence Blue Cross Cardholders will receive FREE skating admission.

In addition to these two seven-day-a-week seasonal
parks, the Delaware River Waterfront will once again play host to a
summer season full of weekly events. One of the highlights this season
promises to be the
Tall Ships Festival in Philadelphia and Camden
with 11 confirmed international tall ships displayed across two
waterfronts. Concerts, festivals and movies will occur weekly May
through September, creating one
of Philadelphia’s premiere entertainment destinations. Come for an
event and stay for a roller skating session at Blue Cross RiverRink
Summerfest, or a drink at Spruce Street Harbor Park presented by
Univest/Valley Green Bank.
Highlights for the 2015 Summer Event Season
  • The summer season at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing begins with the Art Star Craft Bazaar, May 9-10.
  • Sister Cities Girlchoir will be making their debut at Penn’s Landing with a free concert on May 16.
  • The Tall Ships Philadelphia and Camden Festival will drop anchor June
    25-28 on both waterfronts featuring international tall ships, tours,
    sails, concerts, fireworks and more.
  • Screenings Under the Stars will bring FREE movies back to the Great
    Plaza at Penn’s Landing on Thursdays throughout July and August.
  • The Philadelphia Orchestra will help Philadelphia celebrate 4th of July Week with a FREE concert at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing followed by a fireworks salute on July 2.
  • The PECO Multicultural Series returns starting with the Irish American
    Festival on June 7 and will continue throughout the summer with events
    nearly every week.
  • One of the most popular outdoor music series, Smooth Jazz Summer Nights, will return every Friday in August.
  • The day-long Sounds of Inspiration concert, featuring nationally
    renowned artists will take place at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing on
    August 22.
  • Daily FREE yoga kicks of April 11 through October on the Race Street Pier with Dhyana Yoga.
  • An entire summer of concerts at both Festival Pier, Live Nation’s new
    urban beachfront venue and the RiverStage on the Great Plaza at Penn’s
    Landing will help animate the waterfront with national music talent with
    more than 15 concerts announced to date, including
    the 8th Annual Roots Picnic.
Tall Ships Philadelphia and Camden, June 25-28
The exciting summer season at the Delaware River Waterfront
Seven days a week, Memorial Day Weekend through the end of September. Please check the
Delaware River Waterfront website for special event dates and times.
Spruce Street Harbor Park presented by Univest/Valley Green Bank: 401 S. Columbus Blvd. at Spruce Street, Philadelphia, 19106
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest: 101 S. Columbus Blvd. at Market Street, Philadelphia, 19106
Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing: 101 S. Columbus Blvd. at Market Street, Philadelphia, 19106
Race Street Pier: Columbus Blvd. at Race Street, Philadelphia, 19106
Festival Pier: Columbus Blvd. at Spring Garden Street,
Philadelphia, 19123
Public Transportation: Market-Frankford line to 2nd Street, SEPTA bus routes 17, 21, 25, 33, 42, and 48
Bike Parking: Available onsite and
Ride Indego bike shares located at Foglietta Plaza on Spruce Street and Columbus Blvd.
and at the Spring Garden Station
Philly Phlash:
Stop located at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
Delaware River Waterfront (
Spruce Street Harbor Park presented by Univest/Valley Green Bank (
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest (
Social Media:
Delaware River Waterfront (Facebook,
Penn’s Landing (Facebook,
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest (Facebook,
Phone: 215-922-2FUN

About Univest/Valley Green Bank
Founded in 1876 and headquartered in Souderton,
Pennsylvania, Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania and its subsidiaries
serve the financial needs of residents, businesses, and nonprofit
organizations throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Univest
Bank and Trust Co.SM is a member of the FDIC and an Equal
Housing Lender and offers customers a full range of financial services
through 34 financial service centers.  Its banking subsidiary is the
parent company of
Valley Green Bank
About Independence Blue Cross
Independence Blue Cross
is the leading health insurance organization in southeastern
Pennsylvania. With our affiliates, we serve nearly 10 million people in
25 states
and the District of Columbia, including 2.5 million in the region. To learn more visit Connect with us on Facebook at and on Twitter at
@ibx. Independence Blue Cross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
About the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation
is a 501(c)(3) created in January 2009, exclusively for the benefit of
the City of Philadelphia and its citizens. .    
PS I did edit the press release a little.