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An image of the large, industrial looking swings made of wood and metal at Phase One of the Rail Park
Close up image of purple flowers
An image of the Cut, showing buildings on either side of an overgrown green space with a path going down the middle of it. A bridge passes above the green space, and the historic Inquirer building is seen in the background
An image of the Story Wall at the Rail Park: an 80 foot galvanized steel wall that illustrates an 1895 atlas of Philadelphia with cutout icons of the businesses that were around the neighborhood at that time
An image of the metal train trestles on top of the elevated Viaduct
An image of the Viaduct. Brown grass grows on the ground, and a footpath is visble in the middle. A building presses up on the edge of the Viaduct to the left. The out of use metal train trestles remain on the structure.
An image of the ramp entrance to the Rail Park. The Story Wall and seating platforms are visible to the right.

Behind the Rail Park there are people. Real people.

We’re on a mission to bring the Rail Park to life.

Our team

Our mission is to build a bold, transformative, and inclusive public space that connects Philadelphia’s residents and visitors to the city and each other.

Through cross-sector partnership and community collaboration, the Rail Park will transform a historic railway into three miles of linear park and pathway, enriching the health, culture, and ecology of the city, creating an inclusive economic opportunity for Philadelphians.

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Professional headshot of Rebecca Cordes Chan. A woman with dark brown hair that is cut into a bob. She is wearing dark blue pants and a brown shirt. She is smiling and showing her teeth. She is standing with her hands at her sides at the Rail Park with sumac trees in the background.

Rebecca Cordes Chan


Executive Director
Professional headshot of Ava Schwemler. A person with blond hair and light skin that is pulled back into a bun, with some strands of hair framing her face. She is wearing a black shirt and a gold button down that is open in the front. She is smiling and standing against a background of sumac trees at the Rail Park.

Ava Schwemler


Communications and Community Partnerships Manager
Professional headshot of Vanessa Chandler. A woman with cropped dark hair wears a white turtleneck and sits against a dark, solid background. She is smiling

Vanessa Chandler


Development & Operations Associate
Professional headshot of Kareal Amenumey. A person with long, dark, braided hair wears glasses and a white shirt. They wear glasses and have a neutral expression. Behind them, the leaves of a tree are visible

Kareal Amenumey


Events & Membership Intern
Professional headshot of Eliza Bower. A woman with light hair and skin

Eliza Bower


Community Development Coordinator

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors includes some of the Rail Park’s longest-standing and most dedicated advocates. Many of them have been championing this park for decades—and to be blunt, it wouldn’t be open today without their support.

  • Nyla KoncuratChair
  • Sarah McEneaneyVice Chair
  • Allen HallTreasurer
  • Melissa KimSecretary
  • Jacob Cooper
  • Sally Elk
  • Camille Focarino
  • Sunanda Ghosh
  • Liz Maillie
  • Ginger Rudolph
  • John Struble

Our Partners

Friends of the Rail Park works in close collaboration with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation to steward Phase One of the Rail Park, and fill it with public programs and life.

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