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

Friends of the Rail Park, Center City District, and the City of Philadelphia partnered on the development of the first 1/4 mile section of the park, Phase One, which opened to the public in 2018. Phase One provides a place for community at the intersection of Chinatown and Callowhill neighborhoods. The park is home to over 1,000 native plants, public art installations, and community-led programming centering wellness, culture, and the arts. Future phases of the Rail Park will stretch north on elevated tracks into the East Poplar neighborhood and west below ground towards the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Fairmount Park.

Project Details

Infrastructure Type Railway
Status Open / Ongoing
Opening Phase 1: January 2018
Size 0.3 miles
Design Team Studio Bryan Hanes, Urban Engineers

Base landscape services provided by the City of Philadelphia, Department of Parks and Recreation; public safety services provided by Center City District on Phase 1 of the Rail Park; Friends of the Rail Park provides specialized maintenance services, programming, communications, advocacy and fundraising for future phases of the park.

Project Leader Rebecca Cordes Chan

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