Rail Park is here: Get ready to swing, sip and socialize

$10M urban oasis has plenty to offer

Mike Dougherty
June 13, 2018 - 8:02 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philly's newest public space is ready after more than six years in the making. 

Rail Park, located at 13th and Noble streets, held a ribbon-cutting Thursday for the long anticipated grand opening of the park — but this is no ordinary park. 

With a budget of $10.3 million, an antiquated rail bridge was transformed into a beautiful place to hang out.

"Amazing plantings. We have a rain garden out there. A lot of different amenities. The swings at the end are a great exit point. People are going to want to see more when they get down there," said project manager Angelo Waters.

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And those swings are no joke. Crafted from high-grade weathered steel and ipe wood imported from South America, each one can support about 10,000 pounds. The benches and decking are made of the same wood, which is mold, fire, scratch and water resistant.

"It's a special steel that is meant to rust and have that rust look to it. So you have that industrial look that you have all though this park," Waters added. "It's very sturdy. It's very maintenance-free. It's going to last a long, long time."

With the work nearly done, Waters said he can't wait to drink a beer on one of the swings.

"About 1:30, 2 o'clock. That's the first thing I'm doing," he said.