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SUMMER ON THE WATERFRONT RETURNS WITH THE OPENING OF BLUE CROSS RIVERRINK

 AND AN EXCITING LINEUP OF PERFORMANCES, INSTALLATIONS, ACTIVITIES, AND EXHIBITS AT CHERRY STREET PIER THIS FRIDAY, MAY 7

DRWC is thrilled to announce the return of a full summer on the Waterfront with fantastic new food and drink, time ticketed roller skating, cashless arcade games, and of course all of the COVID protocols in place to allow for a safe, relaxed, and fun summer 2021

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PHILADELPHIA (May 5, 2021) -- The Delaware River Waterfront, Philadelphia’s most sprawling and beloved al fresco summertime destination, announces the return of a full Summer on the Waterfront season featuring several popular amenities that have been absent since summer 2019. The summer will kick off with the opening of Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest which opens this Friday, May 7th along with an exciting program of appropriately-sized performances, events and exhibits at the year-round Cherry Street Pier, and will follow up a short time afterwards with the reopening of Spruce Street Harbor park with  some exciting new food offerings. The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) is excited to welcome visitors back with continued socially distanced beer gardens and safe take-away food options, sit-down reservations compliant with current outdoor dining regulations, and additional measures in place to ensure that visitors can take advantage of the Summer and enjoy all that the Waterfront has to offer, comfortably and safely, from Washington Pier all the way to Race Street Pier. 

“It is so important for Philadelphians and visitors to be able to gather safely outside and enjoy precious moments together with friends, family, and loved ones. It continues to be our mission to make the Delaware River Waterfront the absolute best place to do just that,” said DRWC President, Joe Forkin. 

At Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, Philadelphia’s Waterfront summer destination is back in action with the return of boardwalk-style rides, games, concessions, and of course our signature 12,000 square foot roller skating rink with sweeping views of the water and the Ben Franklin Bridge. Chickie’s & Pete’s will continue to offer their classic and coveted Philly fare with easy breezy contactless QR ordering. 

Cherry Street Pier returns for its third full Summer season with 12 resident artists, the popular French Toast Bites by Lokal Artisan Foods, Rita’s Italian Ice, and The Garden at Cherry Street Pier by FCM Hospitality. This outdoor oasis is a stunning open-air eatery with 20,000 square feet of space featuring 250 covered shaded seats, floor to ceiling trees, blooming flowers, lush greenery, wooden picnic benches, modern art, urban design - and of course, amazing day and night views of the stunning Benjamin Franklin Bridge. For more information about The Garden and making a reservation, visit www.cherrystreetgarden.com.

Cherry Street Pier will also be home to a number of exciting performances and events, kicking off on the season’s first First Friday, May 7th with the Pennsylvania Ballet’s Spread Your Wings, an enthralling free public exhibition in partnership with Mural Arts Philadelphia. Spread Your Wings is a dynamic display of photography, video, an indoor mural, and live performances to inspire creativity and personal engagement with dance and storytelling. An opening night live performance will take place on May 7th at 7pm. Also opening on First Friday is Cherry Street Pier resident artist’s Ed Marion’s exhibit, Fat Man, Smiling, which features 120 self-portraits made over a 40 year period. 

On Saturday, May 8th the School of Rock will host a free ticketed event featuring an afternoon of live music, performed by students as they take over the adjacent Race Street Pier and show off their amazing talents in this Spring showcase. For more information on Cherry Street Pier happenings visit www.cherrystreetpier.com.

The current Cherry Street Pier current Cohort of Artists is comprised of:  

Acori Honzo

SpArc Services

Ed Marion

PLAID - Sharif Pendelton

Blue Stoop

Jason  Ramirez

Thomcat23

Orchestra 2001

James B. Abbott & India Abbott

Portside Arts Center

Samantha Billig

Athena Scott

ABOUT OUR SPONSORS 

INDEPENDENCE BLUE CROSS

Independence Blue Cross is the leading health insurance organization in southeastern Pennsylvania. With our affiliates, we serve nearly 7 million people nationwide. For more than 80 years, we have been enhancing the health and well-being of the people and communities we serve. We deliver innovative and competitively priced health care products and services; pioneer new ways to reward doctors, hospitals, and other health care professionals for coordinated, quality care; and support programs and events that promote wellness. To learn more, visit www.ibx.com. Connect with us on Facebook at facebook.com/ibx and on Twitter at @ibx. Independence Blue Cross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. 

PECO 

Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). PECO serves 1.6 million electric and 497,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania and employs about 2,400 people in the region. PECO delivered 76.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 37.5 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2012. Founded in 1881, PECO is one of the Greater Philadelphia Region's most active corporate citizens, providing leadership, volunteer and financial support to numerous arts and culture, education, environmental, economic development and community programs and organizations. 

VISIT PHILADELPHIA 

VISIT PHILADELPHIA® is our name and our mission. As the region’s official tourism marketing agency, we build Greater Philadelphia’s image, drive visitation and boost the economy. On Greater Philadelphia’s official visitor website and blog, visitphilly.com and uwishunu.com, visitors can explore things to do, upcoming events, themed itineraries and hotel packages. Compelling photography and videos, interactive maps and detailed visitor information make the sites effective trip-planning tools. Along with Visit Philly social media channels, the online platforms communicate directly with consumers. Travelers can also call and stop into the Independence Visitor Center for additional information and tickets. 

PENNSYLVANIA LOTTERY 

The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery that designates all its proceeds to programs that benefit older residents. Since its inception in 1971, the Pennsylvania Lottery has contributed more than $25.8 billion to programs that include property tax and rent rebates; free transit and reduced-fare shared rides; the low-cost prescription drug programs PACE and PACENET; long-term living services; and the 52 Area Agencies on Aging, including full- and part-time senior centers throughout the state. 

DELAWARE RIVER WATERFRONT CORPORATION

DRWC is a 501(c)(3) created in January 2009, exclusively for the benefit of the City of Philadelphia and its citizens. The fundamental purpose of DRWC is to design, develop, program and maintain public amenities such as permanent and seasonal parks, trails, and streetscape improvements to transform the waterfront into a vibrant destination for recreational, cultural, and commercial activities for the residents and visitors of Philadelphia as is consistent with the goals of the Master Plan for the Central Delaware. Daily programming throughout the entire year is changing the way Philadelphians see and converse about the waterfront, and is helping to create spaces and communities that connect residents and visitors to the waterfront. 

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