Walking the New Rail Park in Philly
I was saying to Nick the other day that it felt like summer is going by so fast and I haven't done anything. He was happy to point out that this is certainly not true; there have been plenty of beach trips, a trip to the Catskills and Hudson, and lunches with friends. Oops.
Because I keep thinking I'm not doing enough (I know, I know, I should relax or something) I've been searching for new things to explore. Which is why last weekend I took a walk on the new rail park in Philly.
The Rail Park is an initiative to transform three miles of abandoned, above ground rail track into a beautiful public park/trail. The idea is very similar to the High Line in Manhattan.
It was an overgrown urban oasis for many years. Technically you weren't allowed to go up on the park before the redesign...but there was an opening in the fence and I may have snuck up there once before.
The project has several phases and what's open to the public now is just phase one, about 1/4 mile long. There are places to sit, swinging benches, and views of the Spring Garden neighborhood. I even peeped a pop-up beer garden right under the rails.
The Rail Park is small right now but there are big plans in the works (you can read more about it and support their efforts right here). Also, it's located right in the Spring Arts district so you can also explore the murals or grab a pint at the new Love City Brewing.