Philadelphia’s monumental restored-railroad park project has recently enjoyed its first major milestone, opening what’s being called Phase One to the public. This phase is a ¼ mile stretch of elevated park with a number of beautiful features and attractions Ultimately, the Rail Park will be a three-mile park running through Philadelphia.
Inspired by other similar projects like New York City’s famous High Line, this space has had a lot of support over the past few years. Over $10 million were raised by the Center city District Foundation for it, and it’s supported by the City of Philadelphia, William Penn Foundation, McLean Foundation, and various other notable organizations.
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The Phase One section of the park was designed by Studio Bryan Hanes and Urban Engineers, and it’s open daily from 7am-10pm. The wheelchair accessible, pet-friendly piece of elevated public park features oversized bench swings with stellar city views, and some nice walkways. Looking forward, here are the rest of the sections planned for Philadelphia’s new Rail Park.
This elevated stretch of rail line is a wide, winding walkway with gorgeous overlooks of Philadelphia’s streets, and the skyline above. Maintaining much of the authenticity and bones of the original rail line, the Viaduct provides a space to stroll into old Philadelphia.
The Cut is an open-air stretch of the Rail Park’s Phase One, and it’s quite unique. Running from North Broad Street to behind the Rodin Museum, this underground stretch is lined with 30-foot high stone walls, and bridges supporting the streets above. It’s super cool, and one of the more unique looks at Philadelphia that you’ll find.
The last section we have to preview is the Tunnel, which extends a mind-blowing 3,000 feet underneath Pennsylvania Avenue. Open air shafts let views of the street, and natural light pour in to highlight high stone walls, and vaulted brick ceilings. This will truly be an incredible sight once opened.