McCreesh Skatepark Project Block Party

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…

The email:

“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!

– Scott Kmiec”

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21 thoughts on “McCreesh Skatepark Project Block Party

  1. If any of these franklins paine people skated maybe they would care. Most of them are more concerned about twittering and updating their facebook pages. I got news for you, no one cares what you ate for breakfast or what kind of cruiser board you skate to go to the bar. The few who do skate are happy skating indoor pools or those rubbermaid skateparks on old tennis courts. Its been over 10 years, wake up. What they have on that website is some bullshit rhetoric. How long have they been waiting for the geotechnical survey or whatever results on the ground? A year? What it seems like they do is wait for some other people to take it upon themselves to organize a movement for a park, and then put their logo on it and claim it as a huge success for them. Have they built a single thing in 10 years that they set out to do? No. I wouldn’t be concerned at all about this because I don’t really like skateparks in any form but the fact is that franklins paine fully backed the “renovations” of love park in order to push this failure of an agenda. thats what pisses me off about this. These people should be ashamed of themselves, and they should quit and dissolve it. They are selling the shit down the river to monster energy drink and espn. Give the money that they raised over to a public entity consisting of people who ride skateboards for more than just the clothes or the culture or the scene that they for some reason or another feel involved in. Let them decide how to build this phantom park they keep spewing on about, maybe then it would become a reality, because there would be passionate people behind it. Not lawyers and bloggers. They are not cut out for this task, I think thats painfully clear by now.

  2. Zeb, seriously cool it. If you are trying to call out Scott K for what he likes to skate you are not being a skater. As you said you don’t care for parks so why would you bother commenting about them. Everyone involved in FPSF that used to skate, still does. I was a huge part of FPSF when Love got shut down and trust me, that was never approved by FPSF or in any way related to. The progress lately is great. Pops is amazing, the White Hall changes are amazing. New guys are getting involved and trying to make things better. Your desire to shut them down lacks taste or even any facts. I am not angry, I feel your pain. I miss Love too. If you want to blame anyone for SRSP not being built, blame me cause I worked hard to push for a true public space the size of LOVE which will cost tons of cash. Times have changed, costs to build have changed and thankfully people are learning how to make these parks cheaper. Please stop sharing hate every time there is a thread that includes FPSF.

  3. Damn, y’all need to get laid or something. Any way, I refer you back to the flyer at the top. I organized this event to begin fund-raising for McCREESH Skatepark. Not SRSP. I don’t work for FP. I DO skateboard. Very much so. Probably longer than most of you have been alive. So shut the fuck up and check this out…

    I brought the McCreesh location to the attention of FP. Why? Because until Zeb steps up and starts a non profit skatepark organization to work with I guess it’s all we got. So I’m working with FP to try to get this park built. See, I’m a Big Brother, like, the mentoring program. My little brother Wayne is a 10 yr old kid that lives in that hood. I’m trying to get this park built for kids like him. Not for people like you, Zeb. FP has been nothing but excellent to work with so far. I mean, straight up, I go to them with an idea for a skatepark and a few months later it’s happening! Can any of you do that for me?

    So please, don’t judge me on projects I’ve never been involved with. But please do come out and be a part of the McCreesh project. The event on the 14th is gonna be good. And if you want to talk with me in private to get your facts straight before shitting all over an event I’ve put lots of time in effort into, you can get my personal information from Haveboard.

  4. What Im saying has nothing to do with this particular event or this scott person. As I said, I dont like skateparks, so why would I start some organization to build them? Its great that youre trying to build parks in the ghetto.
    As for whitehall, that place has been there for years. Fp put money up for upgrades? Good for them. Pops as far as I know didnt have much to do with fp. These guys did it themselves. So stop acting like these are some big victories for franklins paine.
    What I know for a fact is, that before love got renovated these fp people couldnt have cared less about it, they were busy trying to get city council to give them land to build some replacement for it, I repeat, BEFORE it was a done deal. Logic then leads me to the obvious, that not only did they stand idly by while the city was planning the love thing, but they also benefitted by it happening. And on the website they have the nerve to act upset about it, and they say it was formed when love got renovated. You know thats bullshit nugget. Fp was pushing that crap way before love got changed.
    Theres a great quote by this guy josh nims in some article I read on the fp site, this dude said something to the effect of it being a good thing that its taken a decade and probably more to get that park done. This is who is running the show, who people are hoping will build some field of dreams skatepark. Him, and a girl who most likely has never ridden 20 feet on a skateboard.

  5. Zeb, I quote you: “What Im saying has nothing to do with this particular event or this scott person.”

    Then take it elsewhere.

  6. Until that park gets built Im going to be all over any post on this website that mentions franklins paine, reminding people that they have done jack shit in the 10 years theyve been defecating out of their collective mouths about skateparks that are never going to be built. If you dont like it then ban my ip address or simply dont read my comments

  7. The only one spewing lies is you Zeb. Wanna talk about it? Contact me via my own website as well. How dare you trash on this thread.

  8. Good lord Zeb, you sound like some bitter old man. After pops finished up i started a company to build more skate spots/parks. 5th pocket design Yea, whitehall has been there for over ten years but it has never had this many kids ripping the place. The impact of the spaces that im building with help from FP and alot of good people is pretty undeniable. The spaces are full of kids! Im sorry you didnt get the space that you were so obviously entitled to as a youngster or even now. Yea love got fuct up, but no one was gonna stop that. Not DC, not FP, no one. But if i keep building these little parks or even a few city sanctioned ledge spots it will change skating in philly for alot of kids. I dont know how you have the energy to keep repeating the same shit over and over. If you care than you should do something. But all you do is post on haveboard. Its sad. Tell you what, hunt down some abandoned piece of city land and start talking to a local community group or rec leader about public skate space. Thats how it starts. Maybe you could have a positive impact on something you care about. Trust me the opportunity is there to change shit and make some progress. Or just sit and talk your petty shit.

  9. zeb – most of what you posted is incorrect, i know this cause I wrote most of the checks for the projects and skateparks we (FP) HELPED expand and get built….FDR, Whitehall, Roslyn, Pop’s…your sense of entitlement is a microcosm of all that is wrong with this fucking country. .

  10. This event is going to be sick! Ramp building should be underway today thanks to Clayton and Picco. Who is going into the penalty box on the quarter to quarter fence deathbox grind???

  11. The see you there comment, no where near necessary. Zeb’s flick is worth more then your collective lives. I’m glad he’s throwing a little salt in the game. Too much sweet not enough savory. It looks like the skateparks are a vehicle for gentrification. Have the balls to call it the supposed river park and not a set of letters. Nice job on White Hall, the new obstacles are top notch. Just go with a pack of friends, last time I went there was nothing but kids in white tees brawling each other in the park next to it. Kinda wild style.

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