Philly's New Park Is Off the Rails

Updated: Jan 22, 2020

Photo credits: Rail Park Facebook page

In mid-June, I had the pleasure of being one of the first people to experience the incredible first phase of the Rail Park in Philadelphia, PA. There is a movement afoot around the globe to recapture now-derelict infrastructure and transform it into public space: the Rail Park does just this. Intended to be a full three miles of adapted Philadelphia and Reading Railroad Company track when completed, Phase 1 is ¼ mile long, running alongside Noble Street and up onto the Viaduct. Late morning, dozens of visitors of all ages streamed in from both ends to explore.

Photo credit: Friends of the Rail Park

Having worked with the High Line Network, and having had the privilege to visit or work with many transformative projects ranging from the Bentway to the Lowline to the