The Viaduct Rail Park is about to become a reality.
The state awarded $3.5 million in grant funds through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) for the project last week. (Forty-two grants totaling $102.5 million were given statewide; 11 projects are located in Philadelphia, Delaware and Bucks Counties.)
The grant fulfills funding needed to begin work on the first phase of the project. Included in this phase is the creation of pathways on the quarter-mile section of former railway lines near Broad and Noble to 12th & Callowhill Streets. Construction will be managed by Center City District (CCD).
As managed by CCD and the Friends of Rail Park, the Rail Park will ultimately consist of three sections (the Viaduct, the Cut and the Tunnel) of public, green park space that covers three miles and connects ten neighborhoods from Fairmount Park to Center City and Brewerytown to Northern Liberties.