Construction on the much-anticipated Rail Park in Philly's Callowhill neighborhood has begun, with work beginning on its first phase in October 2016. Here you'll find all of Curbed Philly's coverage, from the groundbreaking to construction updates.
Jan 6, 2016, 12:30pm EST
February 7, 2018
Rail Park opening delayed until spring 2018
Center City District announced Tuesday that the first phase of the quarter-mile-long, elevated park will not open in February as expected. The opening date has been pushed back to spring 2018.
December 12, 2017
New video shows Rail Park’s finish line is in sight
More than a year after breaking ground, a new video shows all the progress that’s been made at the Rail Park in Callowhill.
October 13, 2017
The Rail Park just got spruced up with 1,100 new trees, plants
Volunteers just made the future Rail Park a whole lot greener by planting more than 1,000 trees and shrubs along the former rail line.
September 28, 2017
Mapping Callowhill’s development boom
Apartments, retail, and parks are on the way for the small neighborhood just north of Philly’s Center City.
September 1, 2017
Rail Park hits construction milestone with first concrete pour
The future Rail Park just hit a major construction milestone this week when crews made the first concrete pour along the quarter-mile trail.
August 14, 2017
Here’s what Philly’s Rail Park looks like from above
Drone footage shows the highly-anticipated first phase of the Rail Park coming along quite nicely.
May 3, 2017
Abandoned diner car to become Rail Park’s welcome center
The 1920s diner car will use funds raised from a crowd-sourcing campaign called Cities Project to become the official welcome center for the Rail Park.
March 16, 2017
Demolition work is nearly finished at the Rail Park
Construction is on track and demolition is about 80 percent complete on the first phase of the Rail Park, according to a recent update.
March 9, 2017
See the winning Rail Park Tunnel designs for the Better Philadelphia Challenge
What if one of these transformations actually came true?
January 9, 2017
Major Rail Park construction now underway
The project is still short $700,000, but construction crews have started major work on the first phase of the Rail Park.
November 1, 2016
Rail Park officially breaks ground on 1st phase
City officials wasted no time in breaking ground on the quarter-mile-long phase of the future Rail Park yesterday. But Center City District still needs to raise $800K in order to pay construction crews.
October 19, 2016
Check out this architect’s radical idea for the Rail Park
Now that the first phase of the Rail Park is finally a go, it made us wonder: What’s in store for the rest of the park? Alex Bruce has had one interesting idea simmering since his thesis year.
September 30, 2016
Rail Park to begin construction by end of year with $3.5M state grant
Center City District, which is managing the project’s construction, was awarded a $3.5 million grant from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program today. It was the final push they needed to begin work on the $9.6 million project.
August 31, 2016
Here’s the story behind those “Have You Seen This Park?” signs around Philly
The bright signs are part of a bigger campaign to raise awareness about the Rail Park, the abandoned rail line that stretches three miles through 10 Philly neighborhoods and across 50 city blocks.
June 23, 2016
Check out this awesome aerial photo of the Reading Viaduct Rail Line
A local photographer recently had the opportunity to ride a Hendricks Gin blimp the other day, and captured this epic aerial photo of the Reading Viaduct Rail, making us all the more pumped for the elevated park plans.
May 10, 2016
Will the Reading Viaduct Rail Park Ever Get Built?
The short answer: Yes. The long answer: Yes, but it depends on a certain stakeholder that appears to owe thousands of dollars to the city.