Built by the Reading Railroad to transport passengers to Philadelphia’s northern and western neighborhoods and suburbs and to support local industries, the Viaduct carried its last train in 1984.
Soon a quarter-mile segment of this historic treasure – from Broad Street to Callowhill Street – will become our city’s newest elevated public park, with a distinctive design that celebrates our industrial past and cultural heritage.
Become a benefactor of this extraordinary effort and leave a legacy at the same time.
Whether for yourself or someone special, as a commemoration or in memory of a loved one, our benefactor program offers you the opportunity to endow a wide selection of park enhancements, from trees, planters and perennials to benches and even swings.
With your tax deductible donation, you will receive a certificate and appropriate recognition depending on level of support. All contributors of $25,000 and above will be recognized on a prominent donor wall at the main entrance to the park. Plus, you can enjoy knowing that you are helping to build Philadelphia’s newest, most unique public space and to keep it thriving and vibrant throughout the year.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
City of Philadelphia
The Knight Foundation
William Penn Foundation
Poor Richard's Charitable Trust
The McLean Contributionship
PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
PA Department of Community & Economic Development
Tuttleman Family Foundation
Victor Keen & Jeanne Ruddy
Bank of America
Various Individual & Corporate donors
Eight jumbo eight-foot long hanging planters, filled with native grasses and spring bulbs, will add beauty to the catwalk along Callowhill Street.
Railroads fueled America's Industrial Revolution and Philadelphia was the center of the railroad industry. The remarkable story of how businesses, large and small, made Philadelphia a world leader will be interpreted along an entrance wall at the 13th Street entrance.
Over a dozen stately and strikingly bold canopy trees that are long-living and particularly tolerant of urban conditions will add shade and comfort to the park. Species include London Planetrees, Kentucky Coffee trees, and Shingle Oaks
More than 40 exceptional medium-sized understory trees bring beauty to the park with their showy flowers and ornamental grace. Selected species, especially chosen for the adaptability and ability to offer protection and food for wildlife, include Apple Serviceberry, River Birch, Eastern Redbud, American Holly, and Eastern Red Cedar.
Nearly 1,000 shrubs and perennials, from Spicebush and Virginia Sweetspire to Goatsbeard, Ostrich Fern and Lilac Sage will create a bold effect with their showy and fragrant flowers spectacular textures. *Cost depends on species selected.
Who doesn’t enjoy a swing? The park’s five-swing innovative design will provide continuous joy to both children and adults. Constructed of wood and steel in keeping with other Rail Park elements, a swing seat is the perfect place to watch the setting sun on a warm summer day.
Four multi-level tiered seating elements constructed of very durable and dense hardwood are positioned on either side of the park to take maximum advantage of skyline views. Stepping up two or three levels, the tiered seating structures can comfortably accommodate 30 to 60 people each, making them perfect gathering spots for programs or ideal resting points for relaxing with friends.
Ten unique benches, some solid timber and some handsomely fabricated of wood and metal will add to the park’s rusticity while bringing comfort to those who pause to admire their historic surroundings. An additional five benches are situated at the southern end of the park, where those who rest can take in the stunning views of Philadelphia’s Center City skyline.