CALL TO ARMS — Paine’s Park Project

Around 2001, Philadelphia began to really crack down on skate­board­ing in pub­lic areas, most notably, City Hall and JFK Plaza (Love Park). It hit us hard, as the cen­tral local­ity of these spots made them per­fect in so many ways — this WAS the City to us. A lot of peo­ple got bummed and left but a few of us stuck around to stand up and fight.

It’s only at the moment you’re told you can’t do some­thing that you truly know what you’re made of.

Over the past 7 years we have orga­nized our­selves into a pres­ence in this City that has received the following:

1. 2.5 acres of land to build a park on, cen­trally located between the Art Museum and Schuylkill River
2. Approval from all rel­e­vant agen­cies to build
3. A design award from the American Institute of Architects
4. $1M from the City of Philadelphia to make this hap­pen (1/​6 of our budget)

We’re so close. We’ve been fight­ing for so long. It’s your typ­i­cal Rocky story. The under­dogs need to win this one, to show this City what its future should be, instead of being told no.

Be a part of some­thing big­ger than you. Please con­tact me directly if you are inter­ested in help­ing out. It can be one of a mil­lion dif­fer­ent ways. We are plan­ning an art auc­tion /​ event with bands in April, maybe you can help plan /​ donate tal­ent for that? Maybe you know some­one at a size­able cor­po­ra­tion who wants to donate funds to the con­struc­tion of the park to get their name out there?

Whatever it is, it doesn’t mat­ter how big or small, EVERY PIECE HELPS. Just talk­ing about this project to one other per­son will have its impact, I guar­an­tee it.

We need to start assem­bling our army.

Get at me.

Nicholas Orso
Franklin’s Paine

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