I’ve heard the same refrain from both friends and strangers, over and over, ever since the pandemic hit: “COVID has upended life as I know it. But I’ve found peace along the Detroit Riverfront.”
Philadelphia’s Rail Park will bring together diverse communities and serve as a focal point for the city for decades to come.
The Friends of the Rail Park, Center City District, and the City of Philadelphia are collaborating to transform the historic Reading Railroad Line corridor into a three-mile linear park. Integrated into the fabric of Philadelphia, this green space will link ten diverse neighborhoods through a vibrant corridor that will provide access to Philadelphia’s cultural and community assets. Phase 1, a quarter mile of the elevated rail, was completed and opened to the public in June 2018. Future phases will stretch north on elevated tracks into the East Poplar neighborhood and west below ground towards the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Fairmount Park. The Rail Park is a unique type of public space for Philadelphia, providing cultural opportunities and promoting health equity, social connectivity, and green space access to residents and visitors alike.
|Status||Open / Ongoing|
|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
|Project Leader||Rebecca Cordes Chan|
Latest News / Rail Park
The “Site/Sound” festival, created by Friends of the Rail Park and Mural Arts Philadelphia, begins Saturday and runs until Oct. 19. It spotlights parts of the old trackbed that are not yet developed into the public park.
Civic spaces across Philadelphia are changing. The ways these spaces are contributing to a stronger and more inclusive city include: providing compensation to community members who participate in the design process, grounding the design to serve local needs, supporting equitable growth measures when civic assets increase property and real estate values.