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.
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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Construction on the Rail Park is shaping up nicely, according to new drone images and videos that captured the train line-turned-future-park from above.
Stark boundaries—rich vs. poor, black and brown vs. white—begin to break down as people share parks, trails, libraries, nature centers, and other gathering places.