Revealing The Rock Wall

Jeff Hankinson continues to tirelessly work to clear a tremendous amount of debris from the Park Line path, including removing a large limb to reveal the attractiveness of a rock wall. The view of the NY skyline from the top of the path is fantastic.


Kudos to Jeff for all of his dedication and labor!

And thank you, City of Summit, for all of your hard work at 7 am this morning loading two trucks or debris!

Summit Park Line Project Receives $200K Matching Grant

PATCH, SUMMIT, NJ — A $200,000 matching grant from the Reeves Foundation was given to the Summit Park Line Foundation to support its project of creating a 1.2 mile linear pedestrian park on the abandoned Rahway Valley Railroad line.

The Park Line Foundation had to raise a minimum of$200,000 to receive the funding from the Reeves Foundation in order to receive the matching "challenge" grant.

Money was donated from the Summit Area Public Foundation, Overlook Foundation, Overlook Medical Center and through a number of generous Summit residents totaling more than $225,000 of the $3.2 million dollars needed to complete the project within a 12-month period.

The park was acquired from the state by Summit in early 2016 and will be accessible for pedestrian and bicyclists. Once completed, Park Line will extend from the edge of the downtown Summit at Overlook Medical Center, along a 1.2 mile path through eastern Summit, ending at Briant Park on the Springfield border.

Former Summit Councilman Dr. Robert Rubino came up with the concept of the Park Line project.

"There has been an outstanding expression of support for the Park Line concept from the Summit community," explains Rubino. "As the momentum for funding of the project continues to build, the Park Line Foundation is extremely thankful for the circle of friends that are helping to carry this important project forward."

For more information on the Park Line Foundation and the Summit Park Line project or to make a tax-deductible contribution visit

Philly's First Phase of an Elevated Rail Park Opens June 14

The greening of Philadelphia continues as the first phase of the Rail Park — Philly’s hotly anticipated elevated park and recreational pathway funded and built by Center City District — gets an official opening date just in time for the start of the summer season.


On Thursday, June 14, a quarter-mile stretch of new urban greenspace opens to the public where the Reading Railroad once ran.


  • The first complete phase of the Rail Park opens on Thursday, June 14.
  • The section curves southeast from Broad and Noble streets to 11th and Callowhill streets.
  • Visitors can enjoy lush greenery, plentiful seating, public art and elevated city views.
  • Entry to the Rail Park is free, with entrances at Broad and Noble streets, 13th and Noble streets and Callowhill Street between 11th and 12th streets.

Phase I’s footprint stretches from Broad and Noble streets, jumps up to the Reading Viaduct overhead and ends above the 1100 block of Callowhill Street. When visitors traverse the first piece of the park, they can look forward to lush plants and trees, public art by local artists, plenty of seating and space for gathering, bench-style swings and first-rate elevated city views.

Phase I of the Rail Park project turns a quarter-mile stretch of abandoned train tracks into a spacious elevated park with plenty of trees, plants and places to relax.

Inspired by urban elevated parks like the High Line in New York and Promenade Plantée in Paris, three distinct sections make up the plans for the Rail Park: the Viaduct, a half-mile-long elevated iron pathway that’s twice the width of the High Line; the Cut, which spans 9 blocks and dips 30 feet below street level; and the Tunnel, a 3,000-foot-long industrial stone passageway made of vault and brick. Phase I makes up part of the Viaduct.

When the three sections come together, the resulting pedestrian-friendly pathway will connect 10 different Philadelphia neighborhoods to Fairmount Park and Center City and transform the site of two obsolete Reading Railroad lines into a vibrant public space.

The plan for the Rail Park sprouted from a neighborhood organization’s vision to build a public park in place of the abandoned Reading Viaduct. In 2010, that organization — now known as Friends of the Rail Park — partnered with Center City District to begin work on Phase I of the Rail Park.

Over the next eight years, Center City District commissioned an environmental and feasibility analysis, commissioned a concept and schematic design study (with the city’s Commerce Department and the Department of Parks & Recreation) and hosted neighborhood meetings and online surveys. Contributions from the William Penn Foundation and Poor Richard’s Charitable Trust also aided in the park’s creation.

Once complete, the entire park will connect 10 neighborhoods to Center City and Fairmount Park.

Grab some fresh air and see the promising beginnings of this elevated park starting June 14.

Eagle Scout Of Honor

Eagle Scout Henry Lord awarded his Eagle Badge for his Summit Park Line project at the Court of Honor on January 14th. Congratulations to Henry and his proud parents Al and Lucy Lord. Below is a picture of him receiving the badge from master of ceremonies Keith Halper and Henry in front of the Park Line diorama. We hope to see more Eagle Scout projects along the Summit Park Line.


Resolution Passed By The Union County Freeholders

A resolution was passed by the Union County Freeholders to allow Union County to use the Rahway Valley Railroad right of way as a rail trail. 

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News R e l e a s e December 19, 2017 For immediate release Summit Mayor: Nora G. Radest (908) 273-6400 City Administrator: Michael F. Rogers (908) 522-3600 Media Contact: Amy Cairns (908) 277-9418 Union County Freeholders Passes Resolution Authorizing Rail Trail Use SUMMIT, N.J., December 19, 2017 –

The City of Summit is announcing that the Union County Freeholders, at its December 7 meeting, passed a resolution with the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), allowing Union County to use the Rahway Valley Railroad (RVRR) right of way as a rail trail, amending a previous agreement from June 2000. When it was operating, the RVRR served Summit, Springfield, Union, Kenilworth, Roselle Park, and Maplewood. The Summit Park Line plan was introduced by the Summit Park Line Foundation, a 501(c) (3) organization, and approved by Summit Common Council. It was included in the city’s 2016 Master Plan ReVision by the Planning Board. The concept of the Park Line is to use a section of the RVRR abandoned rail line to create a public park in Summit. Phase one of the Park Line was completed in November 2017, and the long-term hope of the Summit Park Line Foundation is to connect downtown Summit to Briant Park and beyond to the East Coast Greenway, a rail trail that runs from Maine to Florida. Union County Freeholder Angel Estrada reports, “This is a great project for Summit and the county. I have been enthusiastic about it from the start.” Freeholder Alexander Mirabella says, “I am impressed with the progress that has been made since I visited the site two years ago. This is a great addition to Summit.” The Summit Park Line Foundation recently received a $35,000 grant from the Summit Area Public Foundation (SAPF). The funds will be used towards the expansion of the Park Line in sections of the abandoned rail line throughout Summit. Foundation President and Common Councilmember Dr. Robert Rubino, explains, “We are looking forward to continuing progress on the Park Line, and we are eager to be able to share it with the Summit community. Once complete, it will be the first public park in Summit in over 80 years.”

For more information on the Summit Park Line, please visit

Letter of Support for the Park Line

May 2, 2017

Dear Council Members,

I’m writing to urge that you support the Parkline Project in every way possible because it addresses a huge barrier to our being ONE SUMMIT – terrible pedestrian and bike access between east Summit and downtown/central Summit.

Currently we must walk or bike Springfield, Broad, Morris. That’s it. Pick your poison.

I moved back to Summit with my young family in 1988. As I’ve worked with youth and other volunteer activities, I’ve had reason to move around the City a lot. I’ve always biked if I can because Summit is so compact; you can get anywhere in 10 minutes on a bike with no parking. I get to experience Summit’s beauty in a way you can’t in a car.

For this reason, I’m painfully aware of how there is no decent pedestrian or bike access between east and central Summit. Cars are the only option. That’s inconsistent with our revised Master Plan (or any of our recent Master Plans for that matter).

The Parkline Project offers a unique solution to this barrier; this cleft in our city.

I urge you to support Parkline personally and in your Council duties so that …..

We can truly be ….

One Summit …..


Ted Tolles

Sundays at the Summit Farmer's Market.

 Al Leiter shows his support for the Summit Park Line

Al Leiter shows his support for the Summit Park Line

 Mom & kids visiting the Park Line tent

Mom & kids visiting the Park Line tent

 Educating Summit residents at the Summit Farmer's Market

Educating Summit residents at the Summit Farmer's Market

 Volunteers sign up at the Summit Farmer's market

Volunteers sign up at the Summit Farmer's market