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.
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.
|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; 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|
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.