PLANS ARE IN PLACE. THE RAIL PARK IS UNDERWAY.

The plans for the Rail Park start with a 1/4 mile section referred to as Phase 1 which 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 by the Center City District Foundation.

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.

Phase One

is currently underway and set to open in 2018.

Update

The Friends Rail Park Board Adds Two New Members

The Friends of the Rail Park is excited to announce the election of two new additions to the board: Mrs. Tiffany Newmuis and Mr. Allen Hall.

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This aerial rendering shows Phase 1 of the Rail Park, running from Broad Street on the far left side to the southern end at Callowhill Street.

This aerial rendering shows Phase 1 of the Rail Park, running from Broad Street on the far left side to the southern end at Callowhill Street.

Entrance to Phase One The gateway of the Rail Park, with streetscaping at Broad and Noble Streets.

Approaching the 13th Street Bridge from the West The west end, just before the bridge over 13th Street, provides ADA access to the entire length of the park.

13th Street bridge by day One of three entrances to Phase 1 of the Rail Park will be a stairway up from 13th Street.

Elegant lighting illuminates the park at night, shown here at the bridge over 13th Street.

13th Street bridge at night Elegant lighting illuminates the park at night.

A beautiful walkway runs along Noble Street as the Rail Park begins ramping up toward the Viaduct.

On the Viaduct between 11th and 12th Streets, natural wood seating creates a gathering space with sweeping Center City views. Images from Studio Bryan Haynes

When we asked neighbors of the Rail Park what they would like to see in the Rail Park, they said, “Swings!”

Swings over Callowhill When we asked neighbors of the Rail Park what they would like to see in the Rail Park, they said, “Swings!”

Phase 1 of the Rail Park features three entrances, including the Callowhill stairway shown here.

West entrance The Rail Park features three entrances, including the Callowhill stairway shown here.

Gathering spaces line the pathway as the Rail Park rises over 12th Street.

Play space Gathering spaces line the pathway as the Rail Park rises over 12th Street.

Phase one

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!

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