Reading Viaduct

Neighborhood of Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States

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Reading Viaduct
The Rail Park
View of Phase I of The Rail Park from just west of the 12th Street overpass
View of Phase I of The Rail Park from just west of the 12th Street overpass
TypeElevated urban linear park; public park
LocationPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates39°57′36″N 75°09′32″W / 39.96°N 75.159°W / 39.96; -75.159Coordinates: 39°57′36″N 75°09′32″W / 39.96°N 75.159°W / 39.96; -75.159
OpenedJune 14, 2018 (2018-06-14)
StatusOpen

The Reading Viaduct, also called The Rail Park, is a disused elevated rail line that has been partly transformed into a rail trail. In 2010, the Center City District and the newly formed community organization Friends of the Rail Park began to evaluate options to convert the abandoned viaduct into an elevated park.[1][2] Construction began on October 31, 2016 on the first phase of the plan dubbed Phase 1, a quarter mile section of the viaduct that extends from Broad Street to Callowhill Street. [3] This project included the addition of a boardwalk, benches, landscaping, swings, and the reinforcement of the existing 13th street bridge.[4] The first phase opened to the public on June 14, 2018. [5][6]

  1. ^ "Rail Park". centercityphila.org. Retrieved 2018-05-10.
  2. ^ Patten, Zach (2013-09-13). "Rally for the Rail Park to Fundraise for Philly's Own High Line". Curbed Philly. Retrieved 2018-07-02.
  3. ^ "The Park | Friends of the Rail Park". Friends of the Rail Park. Retrieved 2018-05-10.
  4. ^ "The long-awaited Rail Park is finally here". Curbed Philly. Retrieved 2018-05-10.
  5. ^ "Long-awaited Rail Park opens first phase". Curbed Philly. Retrieved 2018-06-26.
  6. ^ "Rail Park". readingviaduct.org. Retrieved 2016-08-24.

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