Philadelphia’s Rail Park will bring together diverse communities and serve as a focal point for the city for decades to come.

Center City District is working with the City of Philadelphia and the Friends of the Rail Park to convert the defunct Reading Railroad Line into a linear park that will provide three miles of green space and link ten diverse neighborhoods. Construction of Phase 1 commenced in November 2016 and involves converting a portion of the rail line that was purchased by SEPTA in the 1980s as part of the once proposed Schuylkill Valley Metro Line. Construction on Phase 1 will be complete in January 2018. The project is already fostering new investment and major renovation in the Callowhill neighborhood, and will prompt the redevelopment of several major vacant parcels around the area. Later phases will stretch north on elevated tracks into the East Poplar neighborhood and potentially west below ground toward the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Project Details

Infrastructure Type Railway
Status In Construction
Opening Phase 1: January 2018
Size 3 miles
Design Team Studio Bryan Hanes, Urban Engineers

Base landscape services provided by the City of Philadelphia, Department of Parks and Recreation; cleaning and public safety services provided by Center City District, which will extend its boundaries to include Phase 1 of the Rail Park; Friends of the Rail Park will provide some specialized maintenance services and will be responsible for programming and communications

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Latest News / Rail Park

The Philadelphia Citizen / January 24, 2018

What Philly's Rail Park is learning from the High Line Network

Philadelphia’s highly-anticipated Rail Park project is on track to open this spring. The project is currently working to ensure the park is a welcoming place for neighborhood residents, an issue that Rail Park leaders have have been exploring at High Line Network gatherings.