Help Friends of the Rail Park rally support in Harrisburg for securing $3.5m in PA State Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) funds towards the $8.6m capital construction budget for Phase 1 of the Rail Park. The Governor's Budget Office will soon be making major RACP funding decisions, and your show of support could tip the scale!

Please consider taking a few moments today to send letters of support for the Phase 1 application to Governor Corbett, Senator Farnese and State Representative Mike O'Brien. As the funding application was made by Center City District (CCD), be sure to identify CCD specifically. Contact information as well as some sample text is below. Thank you for taking a moment to express your support!

Senator Larry Farnese
State Senate - 1st District
Office of the Senate
Senate Box 203001
543 Main Capitol
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3001  

Representative Michael H. O’Brien
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
107 East Wing
PO Box 202175
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2175  

Governor Tom Corbett
Main Capitol Building - 508 E-Floor  
Harrisburg, PA 17120 

I am writing to you today to express my strong support for the application submitted by the Center City District (CCD) for a Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant in support of Phase 1 improvements to the Reading Viaduct Rail Park in Philadelphia.

Center City District has been a key partner in this effort since 2009, when they began working together with neighborhood organizations and nonprofits to coordinate the extensive community engagement and planning process exploring the preservation and reuse of the Reading Viaduct east of Broad Street as an elevated park. As a result of that process, this project is embraced and supported by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission and included in the City’s comprehensive plan. Making Phase 1 of the project a reality is critical to leveraging the building momentum of support for this project towards implementing the full vision.

Phase 1 of the Rail Park fits very well within the economic development goals of the RACP. The economic impact of this public investment promises to bring a number of benefits, including attracting new businesses, new residents and new investment to Center City, creating new jobs, and providing a much needed community asset in an area underserved by public open space. As a new destination within blocks of the Pennsylvania Convention Center and some of our City’s most celebrated arts and cultural destinations, I believe it will both draw visitors to the City and boost local spending. With a direct connection to the Avenue of the Arts, this project will also serve to reinforce ongoing efforts to raise the profile of and promote reinvestment along North Broad Street. That said, the State’s full support at this important stage would have very meaningful impacts well beyond the scope of Phase 1.