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Philly's Rail Park Gets the PHS Beer Garden Treatment

Bringing some much-needed attention to a project set to change the neighborhood

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Today, Foobooz reported on two PHS Beer Gardens popping up in Philly this summer. First, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society hotspot will return to its three-year home at 15th and South Streets, Jamaican Jerk Hut next door pumping out curry goat, oxtail stews, and jerk chicken aplenty. Even more exciting, though, is what's popping up at the Rail Park on 10th and Hamilton Streets.

Courtesy of a $360,000 grant from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the Rail Park will see its property used for its intended purposes when PHS launches its second beer garden of the summer at the base of the Reading Viaduct.

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Today, the area is a tangle of crumbling concrete, overgrown lots and decay, but with the help of PHS and noted landscape architect Walter Hood, the project aims to merge the post-industrial structure with urban green space. The pop-up will raise awareness for the creation of the Rail Park as it blends art, history and horticulture. The location is convenient to live music venues Union Transfer and Underground Arts, as well as the Chinatown and Callowhill neighborhoods. Perhaps even more so than the other PHS pop-ups, this location will challenge the way Philadelphians interact with and envision their urban spaces.

Opening dates are still to come. Stay tuned.

PHS Pop Up Beer Garden

1438 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146