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”

I Need A Place To Skate Fundraiser March 27th


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.

Flyer easy to read JPG
Flyer down­load­able PDF to print

“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 franklin​spaine​.com or con­tact Claire Laver at 267 – 402-​​2041 or claire@​franklinspaine.​com.”

POP’s Gets More Good Press

pops_jesseAgain 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, PLEASE LET US KNOW! We deserve to know what’s going on… It’s been way way too long.

Pops Article

*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.

New Line Skateparks

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.

No Grinds and No 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.

Salman Agah No Stance

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…