The reimagined St. Pete Pier is a 12-acre armature of rich, local, and destination-based programming adaptable over time as recreation and quality of life grow and change with generations. Activities are diversified through flexible planning and programming that elevates and establishes a sustainable relationship between the natural and built environments.
Diverse, unique spaces enable active and passive connections to the bay: a coastal thicket, wet classroom, tilted lawn, and places for dining, fishing, boating, and swimming. Hydrodynamic modeling was conducted, resulting in the introduction of a new artificial reef and breakwater, helping to create a naturalized beach frontage and produce calmed water, both enhancing recreational use and providing more suitable environments for marine animals and seagrass habitats. Organized as a linear cut through the uplands, the one-acre Coastal Thicket emerges alongside the pier to the education center. Establishing new microecologies, this landscape experience provides both an educational opportunity and a shaded passage from beach drive to the heart of the pier.