It's taken nearly eight years for the Rail Park to go from a dream of a Philadelphian neighborhood organization to a reality. But this month, the wait is finally over. The first section of the elevated Rail Park will be unveiled on Thursday, June 14th with much more to come in the years to follow.
Inspired by other elevated parks like the High Line in NYC, this local version takes the place of the long-abandoned Reading Railroad tracks. This initial installment will run about a quarter of a mile from the Broad and Noble Streets to 11th and Callowhill Streets, traversing the Reading Viaduct along the way. With lots of benches and bench swings to enjoy the views, ample amounts of plants, and installations of public art, it won't take long for the Rail Park to become an integral part of the city. The additions in the years to come will eventually connect 10 different neighborhoods around the city and boast fixtures like a brick tunnel and an elevated iron path.