An opening date has been set for Philadelphia's long-awaited Rail Park.
The grand opening for the first phase of the park will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 14, according to organizers.
The public is invited to a ribbon-cutting at 13th and Noble Streets in North Philadelphia to mark the occasion.
Though plans are to have the trail eventually extend three miles on the abandoned Reading Viaduct, just a quarter-mile stretch — which was built at a cost of $10.3 million — is completed and set to open next month.
While ideas for a park along the rail line began in the early 2000s, work didn't start until about six years ago. The project has faced delays; an opening previously planned for February was pushed back several months.