Civic Space Park – ULI Americas Awards for Excellence Finalist
Learn more about 2022 ULI Americas Awards for Excellence Finalist, Civic Space Park (Phoenix, AZ).
May 11, 2022
Location: St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
Developer: City of St. Petersburg, Florida
Designers: Rogers Partners + Urban Designers; ASD | SKY; Ken Smith Workshop; W Architecture and Landscape Architecture; Wannemacher Jensen Architects
Site Size: 26 Acres
The St. Pete Pier™ is a unique public entity in today’s world, comprising 26 acres of St. Petersburg’s downtown waterfront, including 5 acres over open water. The 8th Pier in city history, it is an asset owned by the city for over 130 years. In 2005, it was determined that the pilings under the Pier had decayed, and the existing Pier would need to be replaced. That launched a 15-year process culminating in the current project.
The goals of the project were developed with an enormous amount of public input. A community group identified 10 Key Elements, including fishing, observation, dining, shopping, playground, marine education, passive recreation and event space. All design decisions were made with these key elements in mind.
The Pier consists of a beach, playground, splash pad, 5 dining concepts, an environmental education center, a market, event spaces, waterfront promenade, public art and acres of green space. Additionally, the Pier has over 80 events per year and many outdoor classes, such as yoga and spin. Despite opening during a national pandemic which continues to this day, the Pier has far exceeded any attendance projections, with over 2.5 million visitors annually.
The St. Petersburg community has had a 100+ year-long love affair with its Piers. The Pier serves as the gateway to the city at the city’s shoreline. It seamlessly blends into the city proper and, in addition to the delight of residents and visitors, has contributed greatly to the continued economic vitality of St. Petersburg.
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