You Can Celebrate the Rail Park’s First Birthday on Friday

Nearby beer garden The Patio will host a party complete with drink specials, a DJ, and (the best part) wading pools for cooling off.

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Photo courtesy of Friends of the Rail Park

Philly’s Rail Park turns one on Friday — and you can attend a party to celebrate.

Friends of the Rail Park will host a birthday shindig at the Patio at Spring Arts (located at 500 North 10th Street) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. It’s being held exactly a year after officials first cut the ribbons on the elevated Rail Park, which twists from 13th and Noble streets to the 1100 block of Callowhill Street.

The Patio is a 21-plus outdoor lounge/beer garden located about two blocks from the park’s entrance, underneath the former Reading Railroad Viaduct (now home to the Rail Park). The venue will serve plenty of deals on Friday, include $8 Aperol Spritzes between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. (for those who enjoy them). Plus, if you mention the word “Rail Park” at the bar, you can get $3 Love City Lager cans and $6 “pink flamingo” cocktails. (Your guess is as good as ours.)

Expect a DJ, chair massages, and some wading pools for cooling off. The birthday celebration will be cash only. For more information, visit the Facebook event page here.

Philly’s Rail Park cost $10.8 million to open — and technically, it’s not even finished yet. The quarter-mile trail makes up only the first phase of Philly’s entire Rail Park, which, when complete, will span three miles (if everything works out — and no word yet on when that might happen) from 9th Street and Fairmount Avenue to 11th and Vine streets (where it will connect with phase one), and then west from 13th and Noble streets to the Art Museum area. The full park will include sections known as the Viaduct, the Cut, and the Tunnel. You can read more about it here.

If the celebration on Friday leaves you wanting to learn more about the public space, consider checking out a three-week art show that will celebrate its history in October.