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June 14, 2018

PHOTOS: The Rail Park officially opens

The public is finally be able to (legally) explore this unique outdoor space in Philadelphia

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Phase One of the Rail Park on the day of its official public opening. Once the final phase is completed, the Rail Park will be twice the length and width of New York's High Line.

After months, if not years of waiting, Phase One of the Rail Park is officially open to the public. The quarter-mile long park transforms the former elevated train lines of the Reading Viaduct it into a lush public park. Once all phases are complete, it will eventually snake through many Philadelphia neighborhoods and be twice the length and width of its New York counterpart, the High Line. 

Hundreds attended the official opening Thursday got the chance to be the first to take a stroll, have a swing, or enjoy a picnic in Philadelphia's newest park. More information on the Rail Park and all of its phases can be found here.

Below are a handful of photos from the opening.

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Phase One of the Rail Park, moments before the ribbon cutting and its official opening to the public.

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Phase One of the Rail Park is located in the Callowhill neighborhood and utilizes the land of the former Reading Viaduct.


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A large map shows the entire length and all phases of the Rail Park.


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Hundreds of people attended the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony, Thursday, June 14, 2018.


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Phase One of the Rail Park consists of a quarter-mile section that stretches from Broad Street to 12th Street.


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Large raised beds with flowers and trees snake through the park, adding a range of vegetation to an urban landscape.


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People enjoyed Thursday's sunny morning on some of the large civic-scale swings installed along the park.