Isaacson announces a $1M state grant to make Graffiti Pier a public space

HARRISBURG, Nov. 21 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., today announced that a $1 million state grant is headed to the Philadelphia Delaware River Waterfront Corporation to convert longtime local tourist attraction Graffiti Pier into a public park.

Isaacson said the grant, funded by a Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ grant program, will be used to acquire the 5-acre stretch of Pier 18, colloquially known as Graffiti Pier because of the graffiti art that covers its concrete columns, to re-open it for public use.

“Graffiti Park has served as a canvas for local artists to showcase their creativity,” Isaacson said. “It’s essentially a contemporary relic of Philly’s street art culture and I’m proud that longtime efforts for the preservation of this modern landmark have finally come to fruition.”

This latest grant awarded to the Delaware Waterfront Corp. comes after Isaacson helped the corporation secure a $150,000 state grant from the Multimodal Transportation Fund Program to construct the Delaware River Trail and a $400,000 DCNR grant that will be put towards expanding 0.35 miles of the trail.

DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation assists local governments and recreation and conservation organizations with funding for projects related to parks, recreation and conservation.

To learn more about the Community Conservation Partnerships Program, visit the grants page online.