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June 29, 2017


Rapid Progress for the Rail Park

Warm weather has enabled the Viaduct Rail Park construction to accelerate.

Utility work on Noble Street has been completed. Foundations for pedestrian lighting, stairs, and platforms will follow.

On the elevated viaduct, the remediation of the soil and metal structures is complete. Bridges have been repainted. The damaged girder over Callowhill Street was replaced in mid-June.

The contractor is well along the way to installing all the support structures on the

edges of the viaduct that will enable the surface area to be expanded with boardwalks and viewing platforms

The team is anticipating sealing the bridge surfaces with concrete by mid-July. Once the concrete pour has cured, the contractor will install structural bases for the swings, lights and benches. Waterproofing of the slab will also occur after the pour but prior to the landscape installation. By the end of the summer, the team will be preparing for landscape installation and many of the final finishes.

The first in a series of videos produced by Urban Engineers, chronicling the Rail Park's construction:

Support the Rail Park


During the months of construction, the Center City District Foundation is working hard to close the remaining gap – now under $300,000 – needed to fully fund the $10.3 million construction project.You can help make this transformative new public green space a reality by making a gift today. Our Rail Park Benefactor Program offers options to support the park and leave a legacy at the same time by naming items such as the park’s swings, tiered seating areas, and hanging planter boxes or adopting a park tree, shrub or bench.

To participate in the Benefactor Program, please visit supportccdf.org/railparkbenefactor.

You can also make a donation in any amount and designate it toward construction of the Viaduct Rail Park at supportccdf.org/donate.

The Center City District (CCD), Central Philadelphia Development Corporation (CPDC) and Center City District Foundation (CCDF) work together to enhance the vitality and competitiveness of Philadelphia’s downtown. In 1991 the business leadership organization CPDC created the CCD business improvement district to deliver daily services with the goal of making Center City clean and safe. This helped transform Center City into a vibrant 24-hour downtown, attractive to businesses, residents, students, shoppers and tourists. In addition, the CCD is responsible for the management of Dilworth, Sister Cities, John F. Collins and Cret Parks, four extraordinary public spaces in the heart of Center City. CCDF, the charitable affiliate of the CCD, was launched in 2016 to support the next generation of public space improvements in Center City Philadelphia.

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