Scott Kmiec sent out an email today promoting the first fund-raising event for The McCreesh Skatepark Project. He has been organizing this event along with the Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund. Skaters from both 5Boro and Totally will be there as well as music from DJ Illumadel and Chuck Treece. Food and some ramps for a skate jam will be provided. The ramps will be left behind for the kids to skate after the event ends. Very cool.
When: Saturday August 14th, 2pm — 5pm
Where: 6744 Regent Street, Philadelphia, PA 19142
Sponsors: FPSF, Totally, Exit, 5Boro, Kinetic, Vitamin Water and more…
“On August 14th we’re having our first fundraising event for the McCreesh Skatepark Project. I’ve personally organized this first fundraising event to bring attention to the project and get the ball rolling with fundraising. I’m excited to announce that we have both 5boro and Totally coming out to skate. We’ll be building some ramps for the demo and the community organizers have given us permission to leave the ramps behind for the kids to skate. DJ Illumadel will be spinning reggae all day and Chuck Treece is gonna close out the day with a live performance from McRad! And all kinds of great food will be provided from the local community. I’ve been very involved in this project and this is a terrific opportunity to build a great public skatepark for this neighborhood. Please come out and show your support for what is sure to be an amazing day and the beginning of Philly’s next great skatepark. Thanks!
I promised that I would get in touch with the FPSF team and keep everyone updated the best I can. Their Executive Director Claire took time to meet with me and we talked about the past, present and future. In my opinion she is doing a great job and they could not have hired a better person. I am backing the organization the best I can and I hope you all do as well.
Below is some information about their next public fund raising and awareness event at North Bowl. It will run $25 per person and you must be 21+. The fee is well worth it considering it includes bowling, some snack food, drink specials and a few other perks specific to this event. They are running a silent auction and raffle. If you have any thing you may be able to donate for the auction please let Claire know. Also please help by spreading the word about this event.
“Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund (FPSF) will hold a fundraising event on Saturday, March 27th from 5-8pm at North Bowl Lounge n Lanes, located at 909 N. Second Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123. The purpose of the event is to raise funds and awareness for FPSF’s current and proposed youth educational programming and skatepark development projects. The event will be 21+ and a $25 door donation will be asked. The event will include bowling, food and drink specials, silent auction, raffle, photo booth, and skate demos. This event is sponsored by vitaminwater®. For more information about FPSF’s current and proposed projects, please visit franklinspaine.com or contact Claire Laver at 267 – 402-2041 or firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Skaters in Rochester have quite a park in the works. Roc City Park is a mixed use public park that is part under a bridge, part plaza and part pre-cast concrete bowls. This is all I know from looking over their concept design. I am psyched to see designs like this in the works. I found this link on the Focus site.
Again Pops is getting good press! Thanks to Dana Kerr for the link. Jesse, Exit, volunteers and funders we have you to thank, oh yeah and the neighborhood! Let’s hope more neighborhoods see this small gem as a great idea for their destroyed playgrounds. As it stands POPS and FDR are the best public space skating we have. Now is the time for FPSF to give us an update on how the Paine’s Park is coming along. Please, anyone with updates, PLEASELETUSKNOW! We deserve to know what’s going on… It’s been way way too long.
*UPDATE: Please visit Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund to learn more, make a donation or to find out how you can get involved in a variety of skateboard related projects in the Philadelphia area. Details are still being ironed out but we learned from this discussion that FPSF will be holding an event at North Bowl on March 27th from 5-8pm.
TWS Skate and Create II resulted in some pretty exciting and creative projects. This one features Josh Kalis and cardboard cut out friends at LOVE Park. The NY, SF, LA models were not as cool as LOVE, nothing ever is. I found this link on SkateDaily.
With all this heated discussion about LOVE and skateparks, I thought this would be a good time to show you how amazing skate parks and spots can be. I have had a few meetings with the companies founder, Kyle. He is a great guy who evolved their style of design a lot over the past few years. The work looks like a much improved vision similar to what we had drawn up for Philadelphia. Check out New Line Skateparks.
In the name of peace on Earth Day I wanna point out an amazing dude on a bike. Yup, on a bike, getting crazy around London. His name is Danny MacAskill. Notice, no grinds and no skateparks through the entire video. He is being innovative with the limits the bike gives him, sorta like skateboarding. He is on the frontier of something new and hopefully bikers crowding our skateparks and chipping up ledges might take a cue from this dude and move on. The next time a biker tries to tell you he “has no where else to ride” show him this clip. I found this on Nick Orso’s blog.
Ty Evans put together this brilliant short clip featuring a floating camera. It reminds me of one of the first 3d Mario Brother games where the camera dude was sitting on a cloud. You could only see it if you passed a mirror or something. Thanks Gee for posting on twitter.
He’s at it again. William Spencer does more wild and wacky tricks. Why are we not seeing flicks of this kid in the magazines? Seriously, Simon Woodstock got a cover standing on a fish tank. I found the video on South of the North.
Salman agah from Fisherman on Vimeo.Salman Agah has been skating switch longer and better then pretty much anyone. Notice how he never even pushes mongo. I remember when I saw this part years ago I thought that by 2000 their would be people who skate with no stance. But it looks like no one is that good yet. Fred Gall came close. Should I make this a regular nerdy update with a fancy Berics name like Flash Back Tuesdays? Kidding…
When I roll home to Long Island it’s all about back yard mini ramps and front yard boxes. My friend Joe Minuto skates with this kid Mike who builds tons of stuff and terrorizes his neighborhood. Ahhh, the good olé’ days.