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Major Rail Park construction now underway

The project is still short $700K

Construction crews broke ground on the Rail Park in October, but major work just began in January.
Photo by Melissa Romero

Major construction is now underway on the first phase of the Rail Park, after the initial groundbreaking last fall.

Center City District (CCD) recently shared a couple of photos of construction crews at work on the future Rail Park grounds. Currently, workers are jackhammering away at an 18-inch deep earthen fill, which served as a base for the original rail track.

Once all of that is removed, it will be replaced with concrete, which will serve as the base for the park.

The earthen fill being removed is about 18 inches deep and will be replaced with concrete to create a sub-base of...

Posted by Center City District on Friday, January 6, 2017

Although they technically broke ground in October, AP Construction spent the next few months conducting its own analysis of the site. Now that they’ve started major construction, the quarter-mile-long phase of the Rail Park is expected to finish up in early 2018—so long as CCD raises enough money.

About $700,000 is still needed to reach the goal of $10.3 million. The CCD has started hosting fundraising happy hours at the nearby Trestle Inn, and as of press time $7,795 had been raised on their online crowd-funding campaign.