Chinatown: Crossroads of Change at the Rail Park

Mobile Workshop

The Rail Park is unlike any other park in Philadelphia. Its vision is to revitalize three miles of unused rail lines into an accessible, active, and inclusive public space connecting more than 50 city blocks and more than ten Philadelphia neighborhoods. This walking tour will cover notable historical remnants of the rail lines, vital community assets in and around the completed first phase of the park, and explore plans for the next phase of development of the Rail Park.

We will also discuss how Friends of the Rail Park and community partners have been working to create an inclusive development strategy for the area in advance of implementing future phases of the park.


  • Learn how to coordinate cross-sector partnerships to create and sustain parks and public spaces.
  • Examine the potential role of infrastructure reuse projects in comprehensive community development.
  • Understand the benefits and challenges of creating new public spaces in low- and moderate-income communities.

Tour Leaders

Rebecca Cordes Chan

Executive Director, Friends of the Rail Park