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. 

June 2021:

In June, world-renowned trombonist Dan Blacksberg will present four weeks of West Philly Music Gems for weekend performances at Trolley Portal Gardens! 

  • Sunday, June 6 from 12 PM to 2 PM: Radiant Others
    • Catch Dan Blacksberg as he performs as Radiant Others. He'll be joined by longtime collaborator Nick Millevoi on guitar and GRAMMY-Award-winning founding member of the Klezmatics Dave Licht on drums for a wild trio that mixes klezmer with the sounds of mid-century modern music like surf guitar and more. RSVP here
  • Saturday, June 12 from 12 PM to 2 PM: Ya Chives with Dan Kaplowitz 
    • Don’t miss Ya Chives, a Philadelphia-based collaboration between drummer Joe Perullo and singer Dani Gershkoff. Their sweet, simple songwriting is somehow eclectic and experimental. RSVP here.  
  • Saturday, June 19th from 7 PM to 9 PM: The Nazir Ebo Project
    • This week, join drummer Nazir Ebo and his band for an electric evening of music. This project features Simon Martinez on guitar, Russell Gelman on guitar, and Tone Whitfield on bass. RSVP here
  • Saturday, June 26th from 12 PM to 2 PM: Dan Blacksberg's Snake Lines
    • Dan Blacksberg will close out the series with a trio of cutting-edge jazz musicians. He'll be backed by West Philly stalwarts Matt Engle on bass and Nazir Ebo on drums. They'll perform Blacksberg's original music, full of intricate melodies and unlikely harmonies drawn from the sonic history of Philadelphia jazz. 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].