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Gloved hands pull weeds from the dirt using a shovel
Gloved hands pull weeds from the dirt using a shovel

August 12, 2021

Volunteer Weeding at Phase One

Join Friends of the Rail Park and landscape architect and designer of Phase One, Bryan Hanes, for an hour of weeding at the park!

At this hour-long volunteer event, you’ll learn about the landscape of the park, how to identify invasive plant species, and how to effectively pull weeds at the Rail Park.

Volunteers will be provided with gardening gloves, pizza and beer! Pre-registration is required.

Come out, hang with your neighbors, and help maintain the Rail Park’s beauty!

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Sunset Summer Series 2021
Sunset Summer Series 2021

August 13, 2021

Sunset Summer Series: In Dark Times, Will There Also Be Singing?

GUIDED MEDITATION WITH NALAVERSE

From 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM join Nalaverse for a soothing group meditation. This meditation is open to all levels of experience. Learn more about Nalaverse

IN DARK TIMES, WILL THERE ALSO BE SINGING? BY WILLIAM DOUGHERTY

From 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM the Rail Park welcomes composer and sound artist, William Dougherty, for a pop-up and expansion of his sound installation, In dark times, will there also be singing?: a participatory sound installation, musical composition, and live performance, where passers-by are invited to sing a song of joy. After the artist-led demonstration, audience members are invited to participate and record their own joyful song to be included in the Rail Park’s Time Capsule. To learn more about William Dougherty, click here.

Registration required.

This event is a part of the Summer Sunset Series. Check out what’s happening all summer long!

Additional support provided by The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation

This performance is part of the City of Philadelphia’s Arts in Action initiative managed by the Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy

Know Before You Go:

*The Rail Park is ADA and wheelchair accessible.

*The Rail Park is completely outdoors with tree cover only.

*You can enter the Rail Park by wheelchair accessible ramp East of Broad on Noble Street, or by stairs on Callowhill Street between 10th and 11th Streets.

*Please note that this event is free and open to the public, but we are still functioning at a limited capacity and therefore require registration for all programs.

*We encourage you to wear a mask while participating in programs at the Rail Park, for our safety and yours.

*Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided on site during the event.

*All activities and performances are family-friendly and all ages are welcome to participate.

*There are no restrooms on site at the park.

*There will be no food or drink offered in the park, however, we are working with local restaurants and breweries to offer specials during the event.

*It is summertime and it gets hot at the Rail Park! Please be prepared with comfortable clothing, plenty of water, and sunscreen.

*If there is rain in the forecast, Friends of the Rail Park may cancel or postpone the event. Please check your email on the day of the event for any updates.

If you have any questions please email [email protected]

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Sunset Summer Series 2021
Sunset Summer Series 2021

August 27, 2021

Summer Sunset Series: Public Space & Collective Healing

SOUND HEALING WITH NALAVERSE

From 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM join Nalaverse for a Reiki-infused sound healing meditation. This session will allow you to reset your energy while finding your true center. Allow yourself to be submerged in the frequencies of various instruments including crystal sound bowls, Tibetan cymbals, the Kalimba, and more.

PUBLIC SPACE & COLLECTIVE HEALING DISCUSSION WITH CRAFTED

The folks at CRAFTED are back with a conversation about gardening & urban farming, from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Branching off of their Community-Minded Design discussion, join us for a casual conversation on discovering resources and ways to create new communal spaces outside of formal parks and using these spaces for individual and collective healing.

Registration required.

This event is a part of the Summer Sunset Series. Check out what’s happening all summer long!

Know Before You Go:

*The Rail Park is ADA and wheelchair accessible.

*The Rail Park is completely outdoors with tree cover only.

*You can enter the Rail Park by wheelchair accessible ramp East of Broad on Noble Street, or by stairs on Callowhill Street between 10th and 11th Streets.

*Please note that this event is free and open to the public, but we are still functioning at a limited capacity and therefore require registration for all programs.

*We encourage you to wear a mask while participating in programs at the Rail Park, for our safety and yours.

*Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided on site during the event.

*All activities and performances are family-friendly and all ages are welcome to participate.

*There are no restrooms on site at the park.

*There will be no food or drink offered in the park, however, we are working with local restaurants and breweries to offer specials during the event.

*It is summertime and it gets hot at the Rail Park! Please be prepared with comfortable clothing, plenty of water, and sunscreen.

*If there is rain in the forecast, Friends of the Rail Park may cancel or postpone the event. Please check your email on the day of the event for any updates.

If you have any questions please email [email protected]

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Past Events

Sunset Summer Series 2021
Sunset Summer Series 2021

July 30, 2021

Summer Sunset Series: A’Tiya Flow by Nalaverse & Drumming by Hyun Jin Cha

A’TIYA FLOW WITH NALAVERSE

From 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM join Nalaverse for an A’Tiya Flow mini yoga flow. This offering is open to all levels. A’Tiya will offer modifications to all poses and positions, giving you an opportunity to slow down or increase the intensity as much as you’d like. Learn more about Nalaverse

PERFORMANCE BY HYUN JIN CHA

From 6 PM to 7:00 PM, enjoy a special performance by percussionist, Hyun Jin Cha. Hyun Jin Cha is a solo and Korean ensemble musician. She began her career in Korea at the famous Korean music band DULSORI. During her 1998-2016 career in DULSORI, Hyun Jin has performed at many festivals, concerts, and collaboration with international music and dance artists in multi-disciplinary projects as an ensemble musician. She is also active in various fields such as festival workshops and lectures on traditional culture education.

This event is a part of the Summer Sunset Series. Check out what’s happening all summer long!

This performance is part of the City of Philadelphia’s Arts in Action initiative managed by the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy.

Thank you to the University of Pennsylvania for their support of this event!

Know Before You Go:

*The Rail Park is ADA and wheelchair accessible.

*The Rail Park is completely outdoors with tree cover only.

*You can enter the Rail Park by wheelchair accessible ramp East of Broad on Noble Street, or by stairs on Callowhill Street between 10th and 11th Streets.

*This event will take place throughout the park. If you need to take a break from the event in a quiet area, we recommend retreating to the Cool Down tent, located above 12th Street.

*Please note that this event is free and open to the public, but we are still functioning at a limited capacity and therefore require registration for all programs.

*We encourage you to wear a mask while participating in programs at the Rail Park, for our safety and yours.

*Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided on site during the event.

*All activities and performances are family-friendly and all ages are welcome to participate.

*This event will have amplified sound and music.

    A’Tiya Flow by Nalaverse is a highly interactive yoga session that will require full body movement. Participants of all levels of experience and abilities are welcome. Some modified movements will be shared and the instructor may be using amplified audio. This class will always focus on the breath, and keep the movement as a secondary factor. This makes room for grounding and makes it the student’s choice of how far to push physically.

    Beginning at 6 PM, a percussion performance by Hyun Jin Cha will take place. The performance will include drumming and will use amplified sound.

*There are no restrooms on site at the park.

*There will be no food or drink offered in the park, however, we are working with local restaurants and breweries to offer specials during the event.

*It is summertime and it gets hot at the Rail Park! Please be prepared with comfortable clothing, plenty of water, and sunscreen.

*If there is rain in the forecast, Friends of the Rail Park may cancel or postpone the event. Please check your email on the day of the event for any updates.

If you have any questions please email [email protected]

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Sunset Summer Series 2021
Sunset Summer Series 2021

July 16, 2021

Summer Sunset Series: Chinatown Food Tour and Short Film Screening

CHINATOWN FOOD TOUR WITH PCDC

From 6 PM to 7:30 PM, join Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation for a food tour of historical Chinatown! This walking tour will meet at the Friendship Gate at 10th & Arch Street archway and loop around the neighborhood ending at the Rail Park.

Please note that there is a $5 fee to participate in this tour as participants receive light bites and refreshments throughout. Learn more about Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation

SHORT FILM SCREENINGS & DISCUSSION WITH PHILADELPHIA ASIAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL

Beginning at sunset (around 8 PM), get cozy at the park to view a series of film screenings, curated by the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival. The films featured are audience and staff favorites from past festivals, selected for their excellent storytelling and eye-catching artistry. All films will be language-accessible, with little to no dialogue. Bring your own chair or blanket! Learn more about Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

This event is a part of the Summer Sunset Series. Check out what’s happening all summer long!

Know Before You Go:

*The Rail Park is ADA and wheelchair accessible.

*The Rail Park is completely outdoors with tree cover only.

*You can enter the Rail Park by wheelchair accessible ramp East of Broad on Noble Street, or by stairs on Callowhill Street between 10th and 11th Streets.

*This event will take place throughout the park. If you need to take a break from the event in a quiet area, we recommend retreating to the Cool Down tent, located above 12th Street.

*Please note that this event is free and open to the public, but we are still functioning at a limited capacity and therefore require registration for all programs.

*We encourage you to wear a mask while participating in programs at the Rail Park, for our safety and yours.

*Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided on site during the event.

*All activities and performances are family-friendly and all ages are welcome to participate.

*There are no restrooms on site at the park.

*There will be no food or drink offered in the park, however, we are working with local restaurants and breweries to offer specials during the event.

*It is summertime and it gets hot at the Rail Park! Please be prepared with comfortable clothing, plenty of water, and sunscreen.

*If there is rain in the forecast, Friends of the Rail Park may cancel or postpone the event. Please check your email on the day of the event for any updates.

If you have any questions please email [email protected]

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Sunset Summer Series 2021
Sunset Summer Series 2021

July 2, 2021

Summer Sunset Series: Community Minded Design

GROUNDING MEDITATION WITH NALAVERSE

Nikita’s Grounding meditation allows us to be present, connecting us to the earth and bringing awareness to the body. We hold space for challenging emotions and experiences while making space for and affirming the lives and experiences we seek to create for ourselves. Learn more about Nalaverse.

COMMUNITY MINDED DESIGN WITH CRAFTED

Good design starts by centering people’s wants and needs. Explore community-minded design practices for seasoned and novice designers alike in this round table discussion. Following the conversation, attendees will try their hand at designing their own community-driven public space. Learn more about CRAFTED.

This event is a part of the Summer Sunset Series. Check out what’s happening all summer long!

Use the entrance East of Broad Street on Noble Street.

Know Before You Go:

*The Rail Park is ADA and wheelchair accessible.

*The Rail Park is completely outdoors with tree cover only.

*You can enter the Rail Park by wheelchair accessible ramp East of Broad on Noble Street, or by stairs on Callowhill Street between 10th and 11th Streets.

*This event will take place throughout the park. If you need to take a break from the event in a quiet area, we recommend retreating to the Cool Down tent, located above 12th Street.

*Please note that this event is free and open to the public, but we are still functioning at a limited capacity and therefore require registration for all programs.

*We encourage you to wear a mask while participating in programs at the Rail Park, for our safety and yours.

*Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided on site during the event.

*All activities and performances are family-friendly and all ages are welcome to participate.

*This event will have amplified sound and music.

*There are no restrooms on site at the park.

*There will be no food or drink offered in the park, however, we are working with local restaurants and breweries to offer specials during the event.

*It is summertime and it gets hot at the Rail Park! Please be prepared with comfortable clothing, plenty of water, and sunscreen.

*If there is rain in the forecast, Friends of the Rail Park may cancel or postpone the event. Please check your email on the day of the event for any updates.

If you have any questions please email [email protected]

Register
Sunset Summer Series 2021
Sunset Summer Series 2021

June 18, 2021

Rail Park Third Birthday

The Rail Park is three! Come out and celebrate our birthday with us with an evening of community connection.

FEATURING:

SOUND HEALING HARMONY WITH NALAVERSE

Sound Healing Harmony with Majii is a transformative session featuring live music attuned to specific DNA healing frequencies of sound. Majii incorporates her voice & frequencies to revitalize the body & spirit by focused chakra healing through guided visualization & meditation.

MINI FEEL GOOD FLOW WITH NALAVERSE

This class is all about feeling good from the inside out. Utilizing movement and the breath, the ultimate goal is to ground you deeper within.

PRINTMAKING WORKSHOP WITH JUSTINE KELLEY

Take your newfound non-judgmental curiosity into a hands-on printmaking workshop instructed by Philadelphia artist Justine Kelley. Participants will be supplied with a Rail Park tote bag to use as their canvas.

WALKING TOUR WITH LAND HEALTH INSTITUTE

LandHealth Institute (LHI) is a nonprofit based in the West Parkside neighborhood of Philadelphia with a mission to restore connections between nature and people. Join Scott Quitel, Founder and CEO of LHI, for a walking tour of the Phase One neighborhood, highlighting its unique natural and human ecosystem.

LIVE MUSIC BY REC PHILLY

LIVE PERFORMANCE BY KUN YANG LIN DANCERS

Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers (KYL/D) celebrates the ability of dance to integrate body, spirit and mind, inviting audiences worldwide to engage in their own journeys of self-discovery. Proceeding from a rich frame informed by diverse philosophies, living traditions and contemplative practices of Asian origin, the company performs original works by its founding Artistic Director, Kun-Yang Lin.

This event is a part of the Summer Sunset Series. Check out what’s happening all summer long!

Use the entrance East of Broad Street on Noble Street.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:

How to get to the park:

Bus: Routes 2, 4, 16, 23, 45, 61

Subway: Broad Street Line to Spring Garden, Five minute walk

Bike: Indego Bike Share Station at 12th & Callowhill

Parking: Paid street parking is available at 13th & Callowhill

*The Rail Park is ADA and wheelchair accessible.

*The Rail Park is completely outdoors with tree cover only.

*You can enter the Rail Park by wheelchair accessible ramp East of Broad on Noble Street, or by stairs on Callowhill Street between 10th and 11th Streets.

*This event will take place throughout the park. If you need to take a break from the event in a quiet area, we recommend retreating to the Cool Down tent, located above 12th Street.

*Please note that this event is free and open to the public, but we are still functioning at a limited capacity and therefore require registration for all programs.

*We encourage you to wear a mask while participating in programs at the Rail Park, for our safety and yours.

*Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided on site during the event.

*All activities and performances are family-friendly and all ages are welcome to participate.

*This event will have amplified sound and music.

Breathe In Abundance by Nalaverse is a quiet, seated breathwork session that features one instructor offering direction using amplified audio.

Movement Based Session: Mini Feel Good Flow is a highly interactive yoga session that will require full body movement. Some modified movements will be shared and the instructor will be using amplified audio.

Making Workshop: Printmaking with Justine Kelley is a hands-on art activity that uses screen printing as the primary medium to print on soft bandanas, paper, and tote bags. Volunteers will be present to help participants print their designs. There is no amplified sound featured at this station.

Walking Tour with the Land Health Institute is a tour on and around The Rail Park. It will require walking and standing for 45 minutes.

From 6 PM – 8 PM there will be live music and dance performances, all of which will use amplified sound.

*There are no restrooms on site at the park.

*There will be no food or drink offered in the park, however, we are working with local restaurants and breweries to offer specials during the event.

*It is summertime and it gets hot at the Rail Park! Please be prepared with comfortable clothing, plenty of water, and sunscreen.

*If there is rain in the forecast, Friends of the Rail Park may cancel or postpone the event. Please check your email on the day of the event for any updates.

If you have any questions please email [email protected]

Register
Elder Hour 長者專屬時間 At The Rail Park 在鐵路公園 Tuesdays 星期二 8 AM – 10 AM 早上8點-10點 Ages 60+ 60嵗以上 Social distancing and face coverings strongly encouraged. 請遵守社交疏遠並戴口罩。 Personal protective equipment and light refreshments provided.發放免費個人防護用品和小食。 Join Friends of the Rail Park for Elder Hour, every Tuesday from 8 AM until 10 AM, for free games, giveaways, and light refreshments. Hand sanitizer and masks provided.
Elder Hour 長者專屬時間 At The Rail Park 在鐵路公園 Tuesdays 星期二 8 AM – 10 AM 早上8點-10點 Ages 60+ 60嵗以上 Social distancing and face coverings strongly encouraged. 請遵守社交疏遠並戴口罩。 Personal protective equipment and light refreshments provided.發放免費個人防護用品和小食。 Join Friends of the Rail Park for Elder Hour, every Tuesday from 8 AM until 10 AM, for free games, giveaways, and light refreshments. Hand sanitizer and masks provided.

June 8, 2021

Elder Hour

Elder Hour 長者專屬時間
At The Rail Park 在鐵路公園
Tuesdays 星期二
8 AM – 10 AM 早上8點-10點
Ages 60+ 60嵗以上

Social distancing and face coverings strongly encouraged. 請遵守社交疏遠並戴口罩。
Personal protective equipment and light refreshments provided.發放免費個人防護用品和小食。

Join Friends of the Rail Park for Elder Hour, every Tuesday from 8 AM until 10 AM, for free games, giveaways, and light refreshments. Hand sanitizer and masks provided.

Elder Hour is supported by Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation, and Callowhill Neighborhood Association.

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Elder Hour 長者專屬時間 At The Rail Park 在鐵路公園 Tuesdays 星期二 8 AM – 10 AM 早上8點-10點 Ages 60+ 60嵗以上 Social distancing and face coverings strongly encouraged. 請遵守社交疏遠並戴口罩。 Personal protective equipment and light refreshments provided.發放免費個人防護用品和小食。 Join Friends of the Rail Park for Elder Hour, every Tuesday from 8 AM until 10 AM, for free games, giveaways, and light refreshments. Hand sanitizer and masks provided.
Elder Hour 長者專屬時間 At The Rail Park 在鐵路公園 Tuesdays 星期二 8 AM – 10 AM 早上8點-10點 Ages 60+ 60嵗以上 Social distancing and face coverings strongly encouraged. 請遵守社交疏遠並戴口罩。 Personal protective equipment and light refreshments provided.發放免費個人防護用品和小食。 Join Friends of the Rail Park for Elder Hour, every Tuesday from 8 AM until 10 AM, for free games, giveaways, and light refreshments. Hand sanitizer and masks provided.

June 1, 2021

Elder Hour

Elder Hour 長者專屬時間
At The Rail Park 在鐵路公園
Tuesdays 星期二
8 AM – 10 AM 早上8點-10點
Ages 60+ 60嵗以上

Social distancing and face coverings strongly encouraged. 請遵守社交疏遠並戴口罩。
Personal protective equipment and light refreshments provided.發放免費個人防護用品和小食。

Join Friends of the Rail Park for Elder Hour, every Tuesday from 8 AM until 10 AM, for free games, giveaways, and light refreshments. Hand sanitizer and masks provided.

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Elder Hour 長者專屬時間 At The Rail Park 在鐵路公園 Tuesdays 星期二 8 AM – 10 AM 早上8點-10點 Ages 60+ 60嵗以上 Social distancing and face coverings strongly encouraged. 請遵守社交疏遠並戴口罩。 Personal protective equipment and light refreshments provided.發放免費個人防護用品和小食。 Join Friends of the Rail Park for Elder Hour, every Tuesday from 8 AM until 10 AM, for free games, giveaways, and light refreshments. Hand sanitizer and masks provided.
Elder Hour 長者專屬時間 At The Rail Park 在鐵路公園 Tuesdays 星期二 8 AM – 10 AM 早上8點-10點 Ages 60+ 60嵗以上 Social distancing and face coverings strongly encouraged. 請遵守社交疏遠並戴口罩。 Personal protective equipment and light refreshments provided.發放免費個人防護用品和小食。 Join Friends of the Rail Park for Elder Hour, every Tuesday from 8 AM until 10 AM, for free games, giveaways, and light refreshments. Hand sanitizer and masks provided.

May 25, 2021

Elder Hour

Elder Hour 長者專屬時間
At The Rail Park 在鐵路公園
Tuesdays 星期二
8 AM – 10 AM 早上8點-10點
Ages 60+ 60嵗以上

Social distancing and face coverings strongly encouraged. 請遵守社交疏遠並戴口罩。
Personal protective equipment and light refreshments provided.發放免費個人防護用品和小食。

Join Friends of the Rail Park for Elder Hour, every Tuesday from 8 AM until 10 AM, for free games, giveaways, and light refreshments. Hand sanitizer and masks provided.

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May 22, 2021

Philly Fighting Asian Hate

As a response to the recent rise in anti-Asian hate violence, Philly Fighting Asian Hate is an event that will provide free self-defense classes for the AAPI community in Philly on May 22-23, during AAPI Heritage Month.

The event’s mission is to fight against anti-Asian hate, and empower the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community through self-awareness and self-defense training and education. The event is community focused, and volunteer-run and operated.

Learn basic self-awareness and self-defense techniques to protect and defend yourself in this 50-minute class. Practice real-world techniques with martial arts instructors and students.

Spaces are limited. By registering, you are confirming your attendance. If you are unable to attend, please cancel your reservation at least 24-hours in advance so that other members of the community can get access to this training. Recommended age: 13+ (minors must be accompanied by an adult).

Date: Saturday & Sunday, May 22-23 (Rain date: May 29-30)

Location: The Rail Park (1200 Noble St)

Sessions (Select One):

Saturday 5/22/21:
11:30 am – 12:20pM
1pm – 1:50pm
2pm – 2:50pm

Sunday 5/23/21:
11:30 am – 12:20pm
1pm – 1:50pm
2pm – 2:50pm

About the Instructor: We are proud to partner with Grandmaster Eng, a championship Kung Fu Grandmaster and 3rd generation disciple of the Ip Man Wing Chun Kung Fu family. With more than forty-five years of training, Grandmaster Eng is also a lifetime member and certified Master Instructor in the Hong Kong Ving Tsun Athletic Association. In 2002, Grandmaster Eng founded the USA Wing Chun Kuen Association. In 2006, Grandmaster Eng opened the premier Wing Chun School of Philadelphia, bringing traditional training in a contemporary light. Under his practice and guidance, his students gain confidence, strength, speed, and courage.

Thank you to our community partners for your support:
Philadelphia Wing Chun Kung Fu School
National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) Philadelphia (Sponsor)
The Rail Park
The GREEN Program
Penji
Friends For Good

This is an outdoor event. Please follow CDC guidelines for outdoor events:

– CDC Guidelines if you are fully vaccinated.
– Please wear a mask if you are not fully vaccinated.
– Please practice social distancing.

By registering, I waive the host, volunteers, and affiliated organizations from any and all liability, or any other damage or actions of any kind which may affect or impact me in any way arising from the event.

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Elder Hour 長者專屬時間 At The Rail Park 在鐵路公園 Tuesdays 星期二 8 AM – 10 AM 早上8點-10點 Ages 60+ 60嵗以上 Social distancing and face coverings strongly encouraged. 請遵守社交疏遠並戴口罩。 Personal protective equipment and light refreshments provided.發放免費個人防護用品和小食。 Join Friends of the Rail Park for Elder Hour, every Tuesday from 8 AM until 10 AM, for free games, giveaways, and light refreshments. Hand sanitizer and masks provided.
Elder Hour 長者專屬時間 At The Rail Park 在鐵路公園 Tuesdays 星期二 8 AM – 10 AM 早上8點-10點 Ages 60+ 60嵗以上 Social distancing and face coverings strongly encouraged. 請遵守社交疏遠並戴口罩。 Personal protective equipment and light refreshments provided.發放免費個人防護用品和小食。 Join Friends of the Rail Park for Elder Hour, every Tuesday from 8 AM until 10 AM, for free games, giveaways, and light refreshments. Hand sanitizer and masks provided.

May 18, 2021

Elder Hour

Elder Hour 長者專屬時間
At The Rail Park 在鐵路公園
Tuesdays 星期二
8 AM – 10 AM 早上8點-10點
Ages 60+ 60嵗以上

Social distancing and face coverings strongly encouraged. 請遵守社交疏遠並戴口罩。
Personal protective equipment and light refreshments provided.發放免費個人防護用品和小食。

Tuesday, May 18, join Friends of the Rail Park for giveaways, pastries from Mayflower Bakery, and a free plant potting workshop!

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Image of a blue sky with birds and trees in the background, a collage of dancers decorated with flowers in the forefront
Image of a blue sky with birds and trees in the background, a collage of dancers decorated with flowers in the forefront

May 15, 2021

Fetter &Air: Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia

Fetter & Air is an immersive recorded sound installation, a catharsis for 2020. The installation is a chance to feel the power of choral music virtually, safely, and in the beauty of the outdoors.

Expressing both grief and hope, this uplifting, looping 25-minute virtual chorus performance features the original words of singers from the Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia (MCP), spoken and sung in their own voices.

Come to meditate, stroll, and air your own fettered COVID-year emotions, May 15 – 16, 2021 4pm – 6pm.

Free. All ages. Everyone is welcome.

Learn more at mcchorus.org.

Please note that the words in this sound installation contain personal reflections from individuals about their hopes, worries, dreams, fears,anxieties, and joys.

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October 20, 2020

Elder Hour

Every Tuesday in October, between the hours of 8 AM and 10 AM, the Rail Park is prioritized for seniors (60 and older), to allow our neighbors who are most at risk of COVID-19 infection to safely access the space.

Friends of the Rail Park will be on site distributing PPE and light refreshments, and encouraging folks to mask up and social distance. There will be no amplified sound or formal programming. We expect people to be walking, sitting, and quietly enjoying the park for the entirety of the two hour program

Trail length: 840 feet
Trail surface: Chip seal path (gravel)
Trail width max: 30’
Trail width min: 5’8”
Max slope: 2.8%
11 benches
4 platforms

Accessible entrance at 1300 Noble Street, stairs at 1100 Callowhill
No bathrooms or fixed shelters

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October 10, 2020

Fall Cleanup

We have joined forces with Callowhill Neighborhood Association and Friends of West Poplar to make the Rail Park and the surrounding area even more beautiful by picking up litter and trash as a community.

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May 10, 2020

Planted Pop Up + Plant Swap

Planted Pop-Up returns to The Rail Park this May!

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May 2, 2020

Make & Play Fest

Join us on the first Saturday of April, May and June because as we transform the Rail Park into an unforgettable outdoor maker space.

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May 1, 2020

COVID-19 Update from the Rail Park

Important Announcement Regarding COVID-19 

Your health and wellbeing are important to us. To keep our community, partners, and staff safe, we are postponing all events at the Rail Park through the month of May.

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February 8, 2020

Lunar New Year

Ring in the Year of the Rat with the Rail Park at our 2nd annual Lunar New Year celebration, February 8 at 12 noon!

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October 5, 2019

Site/Sound: Revealing the Rail Park

Together with Mural Arts Philadelphia, and American Composers Forum, Philadelphia Chapter, we’re launching a new collaborative arts project that will take place this October: Site/Sound: Revealing the Rail Park.

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September 12, 2019

Astronomy Night with BalletX

We’ve rescheduled our BYOB (Bring Your Own Blanket) Astronomy Night with BalletX at the Rail Park!

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August 14, 2019

Chinatown Focus Group

Do you live or work in Philadelphia’s Chinatown, or consider yourself part of the Chinatown community? We want to hear YOUR thoughts on the Rail Park!

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August 3, 2019

Modular on the Spot

Join local artist Jerry Kaba and sound musicians from Modular on the Spot for a unique sonic experience on the Rail Park!

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July 21, 2019

Planted Pop-Up & Plant Swap

Summer brings us outdoor fun, a burst of flora, and our second Planted Pop-Up Market & Plant Swap!

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July 20, 2019

Save the Date: Star Party

We’re back with a second BYOB (Bring Your Own Blanket) astronomy night at the Rail Park! Join us under the stars on the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing.

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July 13, 2019

Second Saturday with Asian Arts Initiative & PCDC

Join us on Second Saturdays throughout the summer for workshops, games, performances, and activities at the Rail Park.

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June 20, 2019

A Taste of Sustainability

This evening’s event will feature a public discussion and potluck focused around the question: “What is needed to provide a sustainable future in the city of Philadelphia?”

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June 14, 2019

Our First Birthday Party

Phase 1 of the Rail Park is turning one! Join us for happy hour at The Patio at Spring Arts to help us celebrate!

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June 12, 2019

Resident Focus Group

Do you live in the Chinatown North/Callowhill neighborhood? As part of a research study with Penn State this summer, we want to learn about your perception of the Rail Park, how you use it, and how it has impacted your neighborhood.

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June 6, 2019

Oscillation Transia Film Festival

Bring your own picnic and join Oscillation Transia for a free evening of solar-powered outdoor cinema at the Rail Park!

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May 31, 2019

National Chinatown Anti-displacement Week

As part of Coast to Coast Chinatowns Against Displacement: Week of Action, Philadelphia Chinatown is telling the community’s stories of struggle and resistance at the Rail Park. Come explore Chinatown’s past, present, and future through activities and educational resources.

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May 28, 2019

Spanglish Yoga

Have you tried yoga before? Try it for the first time or the 100th time at this bilingual Spanish/English yoga series at the Rail Park! Tuesday evenings this spring.

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May 17, 2019

Bike to Work & Wherever Day

Join us during National Bike to Work Day, when the Bicycle Coalition will be hosting an Energizer Station at The Rail Park. Stop by on your way to work or wherever for snacks, coffee, giveaways, activities, and new friends.

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May 16, 2019

Astronomy Night

BYOB (Bring Your Own Blanket) and sit with us under the stars during our first Astronomy Night at the Rail Park! Join the experienced astronomy team from The Franklin Institute as they guide us through an evening of stargazing and celestial tunes.

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May 1, 2019

Native Plants Walk

What makes the plants on the Rail Park unique? Join John from Good Host Plants on a free walk through Phase I to discuss the Rail Park’s native plants ecosystem!

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April 28, 2019

Pop in the Park

Bubbles, Bubbles, and MORE Bubbles! The magic of bubble artistry comes to life in this family-friendly event that will also feature Murals on the Move, a colorful van stocked with art supplies and equipped with talented teaching artists.

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April 24, 2019

Members Happy Hour

Come celebrate how far the Rail Park has come during a Members Happy Hour hosted by Love City Brewing!

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April 13, 2019

Spring Tours 2019

Join us for a street-level walking tour of the Rail Park just as spring is bringing the park back to life. Learn about the history of the site and the vision for the future, ending at the beautiful site of Phase 1.

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April 8, 2019

Free Tour to The Rail Park

Come visit this new public park, just a 5-10 minute walk from Chinatown. Led by Yue (PCDC) and Shawn (Friends of the Rail Park), we will walk together and talk about how to make it this park a place for the Chinatown community to enjoy. 

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April 6, 2019

Spring Cleanup

Come join us on April 6 from 9-12 as we clean and green the Rail Park and our surrounding streets!

As part of the city-wide Spring Cleanup, we’ll be clearing vacant lots and sweeping sidewalks around Phase I of the park. Help us brainstorm ways to make the park and surrounding spaces more inviting, safe, and walkable, while learning about other upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.

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February 9, 2019

Lunar New Year at the Rail Park

Get ready, Philadelphia—we’re welcoming in the Year of the Pig with a big celebration at the Rail Park!

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December 14, 2018

Art Benefit Check Presentation

On Friday afternoon, December 14, the Bridgette Mayer Gallery in partnership with Arts+ Crafts Holdings will present a check to the Friends of the Rail Park from the proceeds of the 2018 Benefit Exhibition, Into the Light.

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November 3, 2018

Fall Tours 2018

Join us for a street-level walking tour of the Rail Park in the unbeatable fall weather. Learn about the history of the site and the vision for the future, ending at the beautiful, now-open site of Phase 1.

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October 7, 2018

JamBEERee

Join five local breweries for an afternoon of music, food, and fun at The Patio at 10th & Hamilton, hosted by the Trestle Inn. Plus there will be a DJ, food trucks, and Rail Park gear available for purchase. And 25% of all ticket sales will support the Rail Park!

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October 5, 2018

Into the Light Closing Reception

Come take a final look at Into the Light, an art exhibition that benefits the Rail Park, at the Closing Reception on October 5.

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September 7, 2018

Into the Light Art Exhibition

Join us on Friday, September 7, for the Opening Reception of Into the Light, an art exhibition featuring over 300 works of art—and benefitting the Rail Park.

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July 14 - August 18, 2018

Summer Tours

Join Friends of the Rail Park board members for a street-level walking tour of the Rail Park. Learn about the history of the site and the vision for the park, as you follow along the submerged and elevated sections of the former Reading Railroad.

SAT—July 14, 2018 | 10 AM
SAT—July 14, 2018 | 6 PM
SAT—July 21, 2018 | 10 AM
THU—July 26, 2018 | 6 PM
SAT—July 28, 2018 | 10 AM
SUN—July 29, 2018 | 10 AM
SAT—Aug 4, 2018 | 4 PM
SAT—Aug 18, 2018 | 6 PM

Tours cover 1.5 miles. Sturdy shoes or sneakers and drinking water are recommended. Space is limited, so reserve your tickets early.

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June 14, 2018

Phase 1 Opening

The wait is finally over. Phase 1 of the Rail Park will open on June 14, and we couldn’t possibly be more excited.

Please join us for the official opening ceremony:

June 14
11 am
13th and Noble Streets

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March 8, 2018

Party for the Park

On March 8, 2018, we’re hosting a cocktail party and concert at Voyeur Nightclub to benefit the Rail Park. The VIP Cocktail Reception from 6-8 pm will feature an open bar, hors d’oeuvres by 13th Street Kitchens and Di Bruno Bros., and Philly DJ Lean Wit It. At 8 pm the main concert will begin, featuring musicians Sango, Bosco, and Xavier Omar, as well as Philly’s own DJs Sylo and Hvnlee.

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August 21 - November 9, 2017

Fall Tours

Join Friends of the Rail Park board members for a street-level walking tour of the proposed site of Philadelphia’s next great public space.

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June 15, 2017

Party for the Rail Park on June 15, 2017

To support the ongoing growth of the Rail Park, we’re throwing a party at the brand new Roy Pitz Barrel House in Philadelphia. We want you to join us.

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June 7, 2017

BYOD Happy Hour at the Trestle Inn

Every first Wednesday from June to August we host a local rescue with adoptable pets on-site and treats provided by Doggie Style Pets. If you already have a beloved buddy, BYOD – Bring Your Own Dog!

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March 25 - April 22, 2017

Ground-Breaking Ceremony

Join Friends of the Rail Park board members for a street-level walking tour of the proposed site of Philadelphia’s next great public space. This street-level tour will follow along elevated and submerged sections of the former Reading Railroad, and tour

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October 7, 2016

Unsung

Join us for Unsung at The Rail Park, hosted by Mural Arts.

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