By John Ostapkovich

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia has a new city park, in a location that many have seen but few have noticed.

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It has a pier, benches, solar lighting, and a central location in the plans to create 11 miles of trails and parks from Allegheny Avenue north to the Bucks County line.

Philadelphia deputy mayor Michael DeBerardinis (wearing light grey suit in photo below) pushed for this project for years, when he was with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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“This project is an ongoing effort to reclaim our waterways and our shorelines along the Delaware and the Schuylkill rivers,” he said.  “This five acres is part of a bigger effort to increase public green space by 500 acres over the next four years.”

(Regional officials cut a ribbon to ceremonially open Lardner’s Point Park, near the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge. Credit: John Ostapkovich)

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Six months of construction work tore out concrete and invasive species and put in thousands of trees, bushes, and native plants, as well the first 800 feet of the Delaware River Trail in Northeast Philadelphia.