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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Delaware River Waterfront has received a face-lift near the Ben Franklin Bridge with the opening of a new pier.

The Race Street Pier near Columbus Boulevard and Race Street features a garden, a sun lawn and trees from the World Trade Memorial in New York City. And let’s not forget the view.

“You’re surrounded for 80 percent of the experience by the water. You can look north and see the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge. You can look south and see the Walt Whitman,” President of the Delaware River Water Corporation Tom Corcoran said.

He says the $6.3 million invested in the project will help revitalize the waterfront.

“Part of our mission is to rejoin the city and its neighborhoods to the river,” Corcoran said.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter says Race Street Pier is just the first step.

“We are serious about developing one of the best waterfronts anywhere in America,” Nutter said.

The pier will open to the public on Thursday.

Reported by Cherri Gregg, KYW Newsradio

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