The Spring Arts Merchants Association’s 1st annual festival known as the, Spring Garden Party, will take place in the Spring Arts district in Callowhill. The Main Event will be Saturday, May14 from Noon-8pm.
Join Friends of the Rail Park for the first annual Block Party, a day of community connection and celebration.
About this event
During this free, family-friendly event, Noble Street will come alive with family-friendly activities, live performances, and public displays. Block party attendees will learn about the Three Mile Vision for the Rail Park and connect with the diverse communities that neighbor and are newly connected by the park’s route.
But from what I saw during a 90-minute tour of The Inquirer’s old home (once my work home, too), it’s hard to imagine that the renovated building will provide a conducive environment for the much-needed changes. The $280 million construction project, which was managed by the Kenney Administration and executed by developer Bart Blatstein’s Tower Investments, has produced a dismal municipal bunker, walled off from the surrounding city and the people the police are meant to protect.
David Lynch is my favorite filmmaker, ever since I first encountered Twin Peaks on VHS as a high school student in 1999, which led to me seeking out the rest of his extraordinary body of work. Lynch’s paintings and his filmography contain worlds of opposites colliding together – beauty and ugliness, menace and comedy – often at the same time. Even though there are things in his work that are deeply strange and difficult to watch, there is also an attitude of almost childlike wonder towards the world and a meticulously observed appreciation of human behavior. Mel Brooks, who produced David Lynch’s second film The Elephant Man, sums it up best. Upon seeing Eraserhead for the first time, Brooks, interviewed for Lynch’s authorized biography/memoir Room to Dream, said that he loved the movie “because it’s all symbols, but it’s real.” Everything in Lynch’s work is there for a purpose, never “weird for weirds sake.”
Have you ever wondered what the neighbors of the Rail Park have to say about their community and the Three Mile Vision? We’re excited to share a special three episode series of Sounds of the Rail Park, titled Three Mile Vision! These 20-30 minute episodes are a great way to learn more about each section of the Rail Park’s Three Mile Vision, and the possibilities for its future.
There’s just a few more weeks until spring, and we’re looking forward to the trees budding and the grass growing again. To kick off the warmer months, we’ll be working to get the park in shape for busier days. We hope that you’ll join us for one of our upcoming clean ups – keep scrolling for more information!
Sincerely, Rebecca and Ava Friends of the Rail Park staff
Sounds of the Rail Park: Three Mile Vision
There’s a new way to explore the Three Mile Vision for the Rail Park! Sounds of the Rail Park presents: Three Mile Vision, a special three-episode series highlighting the communities around the rail line. Tune in as local journalist, Nichole Currie, explores the Viaduct, the Cut, and the Tunnel, and talks with neighbors along the way.
Are you a solution finder with an eye for detail and a passion for public space? You might be our next Development & Operations Associate! Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis thru March 31.
Join Friends of the Rail Park for a Volunteer Happy Hour, to pick up litter and pull weeds at Phase One. This is a great opportunity to get outside, get your hands in the dirt, and socialize with your neighbors. We’ll provide all the supplies, plus Happy Hour snacks and refreshments.
Want to show your support for the Rail Park? Check out our merch store! All sales go directly to supporting the Rail Park, helping us with things like landscaping, maintenance, and community programming.
Become a Friend of the Rail Park by joining one of our new monthly membership levels. With reliable and consistent support from monthly donors like you, we are able to ensure all our friends and neighbors can enjoy the Rail Park and everything it has to offer. Monthly giving is one of the easiest, most effective ways to give, and starts at just $5/month. Your recurring gift makes an impact all year round, plus each membership level comes with exclusive perks.
When you donate to The Rail Park, you’re supporting more than just a park. You’re supporting a space where community and culture can thrive. Your donation will help us turn a piece of Philadelphia’s history into a safe and fun place for everyone.
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