There is another beautiful addition to Philadelphia’s growing public green space – The Rail Park.
Tucked into the Callowhill neighborhood, Phase 1 of the Rail Park is now open. It begins at 1300 Noble Street and extends to the viaduct.
The Rail Park got its name because this unique park is situated on two train lines which are no longer in service. At its completion the park will be broken into three sections: The Viaduct, The Cut and The Tunnel, all once used to bring passengers, supplies and materials through and to Philadelphia will now be transformed into a multifaceted outdoor space for all of Philly to take in. The portion that is now open is just part of The Viaduct.
The Rail Park is planned to be about 3 miles long with plenty of seating and communal areas for people to relax and for friends and family to gather. This first section was designed by Studio Bryan Hanes and Urban Engineers and took 19 months to build. It now boasts 1100 plants, 11 types of trees, and 30 varieties of perennials. All of this is complemented by graphics by Cloud Gehsan.
Growth and maintenance of the rail park is a collaborative effort between Center City District, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and Friends of the Rail Park. You can get involved and become a member of Friends of the Rail Park – the easiest way is to donate. There are three tiers of suggested donations, with some thank you gifts, or you can choose to donate any amount you wish. The Rail Park is sure to be a place for Philadelphians to enjoy nature and being outdoors for many years, and this is your chance to be a part of the history that makes up our great city.
Residents of Lincoln Square can easily grab the subway to get to the park. Callowhill and Fairmount neighborhoods are great for exploring and this is the excuse Lincoln Square residents have been looking for to discover those neighborhoods on the other side of Broad Street.