Master Plan for the Central Delaware

Master Plan for the Central Delaware


It sounds like we are making a major public investment and creating a park (…) But it’s really intended to attract high-quality private development that will provide jobs, provide residences, build new neighborhoods, create tourist destinations–all the things that a world-class waterfront really needs.

Marilyn Taylor, planning committee chair, Delaware River Waterfront Corp.

Cooper Robertson’s master plan for the Delaware Riverfront in Philadelphia transforms a six mile-length of waterfront into an authentic extension of the thriving city and vibrant neighborhoods immediately to its west. The historical gateway to the city, the site is bounded at both the north and south ends by active port facilities. The Master Plan for the Central Delaware, informed by an extensive public engagement process, creates region-serving amenities while also reconnecting the city’s residents and visitors with the waterfront.

The integration of the waterfront with the existing city is a critical part of the urban design strategy; improvements to the streets connecting into the neighborhoods are essential to the success of the plan. The plan provides a practical implementation strategy for the phasing and funding of public enhancements to the waterfront, including locating parks, waterfront trails, and connections to existing neighborhoods and proposed transit routes.



Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Site Area
1130 acres
Completion Date
  • 2013 AIA New York State Award of Excellence
  • 2012 AIA New York Chapter Honor Award
  • 2012 AIA National Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design
  • 2011 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania —- Commonwealth Gold Award
  • Olin Landscape Architect

  • KieranTimberlake Architecture,

  • HR&A Economic Consultant

  • Parsons Brinckerhoff Transportation

  • Hurley Franks & Associates Outreach

  • UAC Wealth Building

  • Toni L. Griffin Waterfront Policy

  • KBE Activation

  • KS Engineers Civil Engineer

  • CH Planning Planning

  • BlankRome Land Use Counsel

  • Kelly/Maiello Supporting Architect

  • Emily Cooperman PHD Historic Resources

  • Katherine Woodhouse-Beyer PHD Archeological

  • Davis Langdon Cost Estimator