Something’s up at the Rail Park: It’s the Swings!!!

Construction of this one-of-a-kind, public open space is making headway. The contamination on the existing structure was cleaned up and the structure has been secured. The new surface has been waterproofed and poured. The big stuff is done. Now on to the fun stuff: the swings!

People are talking about the soon-to-open Rail Park and recognizing the park’s potential as a transformative green space and social catalyst for many neighborhoods. In fact, just recently, AIA Philadelphia & The Trestle Inn hosted “Bryan Hanes and Inga Saffron in Conversation.” Discussion ranged from national trends in public space-making to the particulars of this project, like what is it that gets people so excited about the Rail Park? The answer is multifold, but one of the major take-aways is that people are intrigued by the scale and industrial style of this place, two elements exemplified by the swings.

The recently installed swing structures are a dramatic presence on the streetscape and may be seen in the park (at the Callowhill overpass), at the street level below, and from afar.

Come on by and check them out!

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