Trolley Portal Gardens is now open! The space is the culmination of years of fundraising, planning, and construction to transform the 40th Street Trolley Portal into a welcoming, inclusive neighborhood amenity. Enjoy our native plants, pull up a seat, or head to Renata's Kitchen for a meal or beverage! 

Trolley Portal Gardens


Through a unique public-private partnership with SEPTA, the City of Philadelphia, and neighborhood stakeholders, UCD raised $2.1 million to transform the 40th Street Trolley Portal, the busiest at-grade rail station in the city. By combining great urban design, infrastructure renewal and community engagement, UCD transformed the space from an unsightly expanse of concrete into a vibrant and social space featuring beautiful landscaping, movable seating, and a new restaurant that serves as a community asset for thousands of neighbors, commuters and local employees.
Trolley Portal Gardens serves as a beautiful gateway for West Philadelphia trolley passengers and a welcoming public space for neighbors. The site design emphasizes safety and comfort for the estimated 5,000 riders who board or exit trolleys at the Portal each day. The project improves pedestrian circulation while using cutting-edge stormwater management techniques that replace impervious surfaces with lush wildflower meadow-like mounds planted with native species. The overall aesthetic improvements enhances the commutes of nearly 60,000 riders who pass through the Portal each day. Green City Works, UCD’s full-service landscaping social venture, maintains the space, ensuring that the neighborhood’s beautification is tied to growth and opportunity for local residents.   


Pop-ups are returning to Trolley Portal Gardens starting May, 2021! On days where there are not events offered, be sure to check out Renata's Kitchen for brunch, lunch, happy hour, and dinner. 

August 2021:

  • Wednesday, August 11 from 7 PM to 8 PM: Magdaliz and Her Latin Ensemble CRISOL
    • Come out to Trolley Portal Gardens for some free Latin music! Spanish for melting pot, Magdaliz and Her Latin Ensemble CRISOL is an ensemble that has been performing in Philadelphia and surrounding areas since the fall of 1997. This group is dedicated to the interpretation of a variety of folk and traditional music genres from Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Venezuela, and other parts of Latin America and the Caribbean. RSVP here
  • Wednesday, August 25 from 7 PM to 8 PM: V. Shayne Frederick 
    • V. Shayne Frederick is a vocalist, pianist, recording artist with charismatic performances spanning two decades. Featured at TEDx, NPR, Jazz fests and clubs, V. Shayne has been cited by the Broad Street Review as “one of the region’s busiest and best jazz singers,” appointed “one to watch” and a “shining light" by All About Jazz. He'll be singing from all of his recent recordings: Lovesome, Gleaming, Evergreen, and Blacklight. RSVP here.

Thank You!

This project would not be possible without the support and collaboration of the neighborhood. UCD is excited to realize the dream of upgrading this area into a magnificent public space for thousands of neighbors, commuters, and local employees


Watch a video of the transformation of the site:


To learn about sponsorship opportunities or to host an event, contact Margaret Starke at 215-243-555 x227 or [email protected].