St. Pete Pier Grand Opening postponed

Aerial view of construction of the St. Pete Pier.
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UPDATE 4/28/20: Today, St Pete Pier officials announced the planned Grand Opening Date for the new St. Pete Pier has been postponed. A new date is still TBA. Amid uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, officials thought it best to hold off on the anticipated celebration.

There are currently 709 confirmed cases in Pinellas County.

Follow the St. Pete Pier on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and its website.

See Mayor Rick Kriseman’s full address from April 28, 2020 below:

COVID-19 UPDATE April 28, 2020 | St. Pete, FL

COVID-19 Update from Mayor Rick Kriseman:

Posted by City of St. Petersburg, Florida USA on Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Mayor Rick Kriseman released 4 points integral to the city’s decision making in regards to reopening businesses, and hosting events:

1. No increase in the percentage of positive tests for two weeks. We are already doing well here.

2. Continued availability of hospital/ICU beds.

3. More testing (happening today in south St. Pete)

4. Department of Health contact tracing

COVID-19 will take place this Saturday, May 2 in South St. Pete at Bartlett Park (20th Avenue South & 7th Street) from 8am-noon. Walkups are welcome, but you can call in advance and make an appointment by calling 727.568.8028.

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ORIGINAL POST 3/5/20: It’s finally happening! St. Petersburg, Florida’s massive waterfront playground, the St. Pete Pier, will officially open to the public this May. The city of St. Pete just released a video hyping the grand opening celebration officially set for May 30, 2020.

Acre upon acre of waterfront activation 

The 26-acre pier district features brand new playgrounds for kids, tons of fishing spots, a local market vendor section, several restaurants including a Doc Ford’s, and so much more. The return of the Pier also means residents once again have access to Spa Beach.

The full exPIERience also includes green space, education centers, lounge areas and gorgeous pedestrian/cyclist trails. A massive public art installation from renowned artist, and Tampa Bay native Janet Echelman is a signature feature of the pier.

International artist creating sculpture for the St. Pete Pier

Belgian artist Nick Ervinck has also created an abstract bronze sculpture to provide a warm welcome to the new St. Pete Pier. The water-like sculpture, Olnetopia, represents the dynamic power of life and is sure to inspire the imagination of visitors.

The May 30 grand opening celebration will begin at 10am. Keep up with all things St. Pete Pier by following the waterfront playground on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and its website.

A celebration is also being planned for the 4th of July.

Major expansion planned for Museum of History

The arrival of the St. Pete Pier is great news for Hops & Props, and the St. Petersburg Museum of History, too. Construction has limited visibility of both concepts.

Now that the Pier has an opening date, we can look ahead to the major renovations planned for the St. Petersburg Museum of History.

The expansion will include 8,000-square-feet of space, a new exhibit gallery, a visitor’s center and a roof-top terrace overlooking the bay.

Who’s excited for the return of the St. Pete Pier? Let us know in the comments!

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