The Rail Park is underway.

The plans for the Rail Park start with a 1/4 mile section called Phase 1. And it’s already under construction, scheduled to open in 2018. 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.

The Rail Park has support from the City of Philadelphia, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Center City District, the William Penn Foundation, the Knight Foundation, Poor Richard’s Charitable Trust, the McLean Foundation, and others.

Phase One

is complete and open to the public.

Phase 1

Phase 1 Grand Opening

The wait is finally over. Phase 1 of the Rail Park is now open to the public, and we couldn't possibly be more excited.

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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 Callowhill Street at the southern end.

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 It runs along Noble Street as the Rail Park begins ramping up onto 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 started right at Broad Street, with Phase One—a quarter mile section of the park that runs alongside Noble Street and up onto the Viaduct.

Phase One of the park is now open to the public. There are two entrances: one on Noble Street near the bridge over 13th, and the other at Callowhill between 11th and 12th. So stop by and enjoy the paths and swings and plants and views.

 

Designs and Construction

Along Phase 1, a path moves between areas of planting and seating. Four large wooden platforms punctuate the site—ideal for casual gatherings and community events. And right at the top of the site, the park is crowned with oversized bench swings that offer gorgeous views of the city below.

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 space restored and maintained much of the existing steel and introduced materials of a similar industrial scale and character for platforms, benches, and guardrails. Even the vegetation conveys the rugged character of the place with a variety of plants.