Lardner’s Point Park- the newest segment of the East Coast Greenway-
opened May 14, 2012 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony
attended by many organizations, local residents, Mayor Michael Nutter, and the press. The DRCC managed the transformation of Lardner’s Point from a forgotten parcel covered with invasive plants into a publicly accessible stretch of restored shoreline. The project broke ground November 21, 2011, and was funded by federal, state, and local governments, as well as by private donations.
Lardner’s Point Park provides much-needed recreational space in northeast Philadelphia. Visitors can fish from the new pier, relax on the river overlook just south of the iconic Tacony-Palmyra Bridge, picnic at handicap-accessible tables, and use the new multi-use trail for walking, jogging, and bicycling. The park is a great place to observe native wildlife due to the newly restored freshwater tidal wetlands and riparian forest, as well as its proximity to the Palmyra Cove Nature Park across the Delaware. Amenities include solar-powered lights, trash receptacles, and security patrols.
The opening was highlighted by the discovery of an endangered Eastern red-bellied turtle in the park’s restored wetlands.