Friends of the Rail Park’s Michael Garden confirmed that a quarter-mile stretch of Philly’s highly-anticipated elevated park will open to the public this spring, despite ongoing construction delays.
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.
|Opening||Phase 1: January 2018|
|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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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.
Volunteers planted over a thousand trees and shrubs on a segment of the Rail Park. With planting underway, the first phase of the transformed rail line is on track to open in early 2018.