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The Rail Park Opens

The Rail Park Opens

You know I just got back from a months vacation and am catching up. Regular, current posts will start soon.
I was reviewing my email, and found these nuggets of the Rail Park Opening sent to me by the Rail Park folks after I had asked them for a few pixs
PhillyChitChat has been covering their fundraisers, and press conferences for years. I was sad I was out of town on a press junket when the ribbon cutting took place.
This is a before photo, which I’m sure you can tell.


What a glorious day it was. I can’t wait to go there myself.

The Ribbon Cutting – Multi-million dollar project, funded and built by the Center City District

  • Paul R. Levy, President and CEO, Center City District, Philadelphia
  • Dennis Davin, Secretary, Pennsylvania Dept. of Community and Economic Development
  • State Rep. Mike O’Brien (Philadelphia-175th District)
  • Janet Haas, Board Chair, William Penn Foundation
  • Jim Kenney, Mayor, City of Philadelphia
  • Michael DiBerardinis, Managing Director, City of Philadelphia
  • Kathryn Ott-Lovell, Commissioner, Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation
  • Kevin Dow, Executive Director, Friends of the Rail Park


The Reading Railroad viaduct was built in the 1890s to carry passengers and freight to Center City. The last train traveled the rails in 1984 and in 2003, a grassroots neighborhood coalition began advocacy efforts for the creation of a park on the viaduct. A partnership of the Friends Friends of the Rail Park, Philadelphia’s Center City District and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation resulted in the Rail Park project.
Collaborator with the Reimagining the Civic Commons, a multi-year, national initiative with projects in five U.S. cities
The event will included performances from The Philadelphia Suns Lion Dance Troupe, and the Roman Catholic High School Bandfront, and The Philly Pops Saxophone Quartet. Light refreshments will be provided after the ceremony courtesy of 13th Street Kitchens.

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