New York has its High Line. And now, Philadelphia is getting its own railway park. The first phase is opening this summer, with a total of three miles of new parkland in the works. Here’s what to expect at the new Rail Park in Philadelphia.
The vision for The Rail Park will finally be shared with all of Philadelphia this summer, and we can’t be more excited. The space consists of three miles of unused rail lines that have been renovated into a usable, artful, public space. It will be broken up into a Viaduct section that soars overhead, and then the Cut section, which is street-level, and then the Tunnel that dives underground.
The Rail Park has been a goal of the city of Philadelphia for quite some time now, and The Center City District Foundation raised over $9 million to get the project underway. The goal of the space is to be free and accessible for all, and to host engaging programs on health, wellness, education, culture, and art.
The first section of the park is set to open this summer right at Broad Street, and the design came from Studio Bryan Hanes—a renowned local designer. The aesthetic utilizes restored existing steel, and new materials like benches, guardrails, vegetation in the form of a variety of plants, and walkways.
This is the first section of the Rail Park, which will ultimately complete a three-mile stretch of urban parkway for pedestrians, bicyclists, locals, and travelers. That’s twice as long as New York’s High Line!
According to organizers, the Phase 1 of the Rail Park will open on June 14. After a long wait, we are all eager to see the park, and hope that this date sticks. Keep an eye on the Rail Park Website for updates.