And thanks to the wild success of these exciting projects, other cities around the world are looking at innovative and environmentally friendly ways of reinventing the disused railways of their industrial past. Cleveland’s proposed Red Line Park is one of them.
via Could Cleveland’s Proposed Red Line Trail be the Next Linear Urban Park? | Urban Ghosts |.
Urban Ghosts are covering the rails to park beat this week. We like where these abandoned railroads are headed.
Linear urban parks utilising abandoned railway infrastructure are becoming increasingly popular, from Paris’ Promenade Plantée to New York’s High Line and proposed Lowline and QueensWay. Another exciting project proposes to transform a section of the former Bloomingdale Line, originally built in 1873 by the Chicago and Pacific Railroad Company, into a 2.7-mile elevated park called the Bloomingdale Trail.
via Bloomingdale Trail: Proposed Linear Park in Chicago | Urban Ghosts |.
NYC’s enormously popular High Line Park is almost complete. The final 0.58-mile portion of the formerly abandoned railway line making up the elevated Chelsea park was donated by CSX Transportation in early July under the Rails-to-Trails Program, and the elevated NYC park is on track to be opened to the public in 2014.
The CSX donation leaves the City of New York free to turn the property license over to Friends of the High Line, the organization responsible for the park’s maintenance and operations (as well private fundraising to help subsidize the park).
New York City’s Parks and Recreations Department recently allocated $5 million to the High Line, a substantial portion of the $105 million budget available for the 2013-year. Previous sections of the park were released in 2009 and again 2011, which led to a “neighborhood renaissance” in Chelsea. The final section is estimated for 2013 completion and scheduled to be open to the public by 2014.
via Final Section of the High Line On Track for 2014 | Inhabitat New York City.