This week, Philadelphia inaugurated the initial section of the long awaited Rail Park. The first phase of the urban greenspace runs along a formerly derelict Reading Railroad 19th century viaduct. When it is completed, the Rail Park will run for 3 miles and be twice the length and width of New York City’s hugely successful High Line.
The newly opened section follows the historic railway line southeast from Broad Street to 11th and Callowhill Streets in the up and coming Spring Garden neighborhood. While the park is well-landscaped with native plants and trees, it keeps a decidedly industrial urban vibe with metal fencing, wooden seating, and platforms.
The Rail Park can currently be accessed from entrances at Broad and Noble, and at Callowhill Street between 11th and 12th. If you’re planning to take public transit to the park, take SEPTA’s Broad Street Line to the Spring Garden Station and then it’s just one block to the park entrance.
For more information on the project visit the Rail Park website.