The ongoing Center-funded project, Pop Up Garden: An Exploration of the Philadelphia Rail Park, presented by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), is presenting a series of imaginative public installations and creative community programs through September 30, 2016. A design by renowned artist Walter Hood and offerings by local artists and historians have been introducing audiences to the rich architectural heritage of the three-mile Philadelphia Rail Park, while also considering its future. Learn more here.>>

Inspired by this project, we invited PHS president Matt RaderThe Trust for Public Land’s Nette ComptonFriends of the High Line’s Gonzalo Casals, and Commissioner of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Kathryn Ott Lovell to discuss the significance of urban parks in contemporary culture and the audience engagement opportunities these spaces can offer. more>