PLANS ARE IN PLACE. THE RAIL PARK IS UNDERWAY.
Our plans for the Rail Park start with Phase 1, and construction is already underway. This greenway will serve all Philadelphians and visitors from around the region and world — with open space and engaging programs on arts, education, culture, health, and wellness.
Over $9 Million
has been raised to date.
Support from the City of Philadelphia, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Center City District, the William Penn Foundation, the Knight Foundation, Poor Richard’s Charitable Trust, the McLean Foundation.
is a 1/4 mile section currently under construction set to open in 2018.
The Rail Park has three sections: the Viaduct, the Cut, and the Tunnel. We have big plans for all three. But you have to start somewhere, so we’re starting right at Broad Street, with a section we’re calling Phase One. The plans are drawn and the funds are being raised. Ground breaking began and is scheduled to conclude in late 2018.
Designs for Phase One were completed by Studio Bryan Hanes through a series of community meetings with neighbors, stakeholders, early supporters and advocates. A cost estimate and construction documents were prepared by Urban Engineers. The design restores and maintains much of the existing steel and introduces materials of a similar industrial scale and character for the platforms, benches and guardrails. The vegetation, too, conveys the rugged character of the place through a richly varied plant palette.
Programmatically, the design remains simple. A path moves between areas of planting and seating. Four large wooden platforms punctuate the site. Their multi-faceted surfaces create spaces for lounging and gathering. The main walkway culminates in a series of iconic, civic-scale swings which can be seen from the street below.
When will Phase one be complete?
Phase One broke ground in Winter of 2016. We’re aiming for the park to open Spring of 2018. Interested in updates? Sign up for our newsletter for the latest!Join Our Mailing List