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The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

From Tracks to Parks: The Next Generation of Urban Green

Monday Apr 29 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Next City and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University invite you to hear from the visionaries who are transforming the industrial relics of our past into urban parks of the future. Inspired by New York’s High Line, cities across the U.S. are adapting aging rail infrastructure into linear parks and recreation paths.

The event is free, but registration is requested:

How can we adapt former rail corridors to create distinctly local parks that serve the needs of their neighborhoods and cities? As more and more cities set their sights on these rail corridors, advocates are looking to established projects for inspiration and best practices. The linear character of rail corridors presents advocates and designers with unique challenges. These greenways serve multiple—and sometimes diverse—communities, and the success of each site often is dependent upon the support and investment of multiple stakeholders.

Through a moderated panel discussion with representatives of Chicago’s Bloomingdale Trail, New York’s High Line, Philadelphia’s Reading Viaduct and City Branch, and St. Louis’ Trestle, we will explore how these projects are redefining our notion of the local park and engaging urban dwellers in shaping the future of our cities.

Moderated by Beth White, Chicago Region Director of The Trust for Public Land, the panel includes:

This event is made possible with support from OLIN and the William Penn Foundation.

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