Philly's Own Rail Park : The Viaduct

Posted By Doug Gungor @ Nov 30th 2016 12:00pm In: Neighborhoods

PHILADELPHIA (October 31, 2016) – Today, Governor Tom Wolf, Mayor Jim Kenney, State Representative Michael H. O’Brien, Councilman Mark Squilla, and Sarah McEneaney, President of Friends of the Rail Park and the Callowhill Neighborhood Association, joined Center City District (CCD) President Paul R. Levy to celebrate the groundbreaking for Phase 1 of the Viaduct Rail Park, a $10.3 million project that will turn a dilapidated quarter-mile portion of the former Reading Viaduct into a vibrant green park with walking paths, landscaping, lighting, seating and swinging benches.

“This transformational project will create a new community space and trail in a neighborhood completely lacking public amenities and green space,” Governor Wolf said. “Additionally, this investment will support the expansion of both the Callowhill and Chinatown neighborhoods and promote growth in an underdeveloped area near Center City.”

Major Donors to Phase 1 Construction
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania – $3,500,000
City of Philadelphia – $2,800,000
Knight Foundation – $1,000,000
William Penn Foundation – $750,000
Poor Richard’s Charitable Trust – $505,000
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources – $500,300
Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development – $125,000
The McLean Contributionship – $50,000
Post Brothers – $25,000
Tuttleman Family Foundation – $12,500
Anonymous – $10,000
Bank of America – $10,000
Univest – $10,000
Victor Keen and Jeanne Ruddy – $10,000
Five Below – $5,000
Parkway Corporation – $5,000
Sarah McEneaney – $5,000
Various Donors – $212,217

Total Donations to Date – $9,535,017

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