Coming Soon: More Philly Skateparks

Check FranklinsPaine​.com for updates on a slew of projects we have been work­ing to develop. Each in var­i­ous stages but all carry poten­tial for the same suc­cess we all con­tinue to see at Pop’s Playground. Click around to see all the loca­tions around the City we have been and con­tinue work­ing to develop, and as always, get in touch if you want to help with any of these or have your own sug­ges­tion for a spot. It is impor­tant to keep in mind that the eas­i­est way to get some­thing going is to use land that is already in Parks & Recreation’s name. This means they can apply their exist­ing insur­ance pol­icy (à la Pop’s) to the space which dras­ti­cally cuts down on lead time. For exam­ple: the Nicetown site took 1 year to trans­fer into Parks & Rec’s cus­tody (this cor­re­lates into increased insur­ance $ for them) so we could even being to think about devel­op­ing some­thing there; the local NicetownCDC has been try­ing to get skate­board­ing involved there for over five years now. Please keep in mind that none of this hap­pens on its own, we have to fight for what we want and seize every oppor­tu­nity as it comes along. We are still try­ing to get on our feet website-​​wise so if there is any other infor­ma­tion you would like to see or you think could be use­ful, please let us know!

FPSF Potential Parks Map

9 thoughts on “Coming Soon: More Philly Skateparks

  1. There’s a do-​​nothing city park on Front Street, just north of.… Queen? It’s a lit­tle side pocket park off the side­walk. I don’t think it gets much use. Let’s see about replac­ing those skate-​​proof benches with some nice ones and a cou­ple new features.

  2. Is the Poplar spot the one with shit on it already? If that spot is offi­cial I might try to whip some­thing up. Is that kosher?

  3. Went to the 9th st spot on rain board yes­ter­day. Real nice, reminds me of dirt park by Wawa a few years back. Thanks to who­ever put the energy into that one…

  4. Hat tip on this post over at skatedaily​.net.

    Nick and the folks at FP, thank you for com­mu­ni­cat­ing more openly with the skate com­mu­nity about what projects are at hand. It has been a long time com­ing and I finally feel like peo­ple are step­ping to the plate to let the com­mu­nity know what is hap­pen­ing within the organization.

    It is good PR for the orga­ni­za­tion to con­stantly be let­ting the pub­lic know what is hap­pen­ing vs. telling the com­mu­nity we should be reach­ing out to the orga­ni­za­tion to find out what is going on.

    I know it’s no easy task. Keep on fight­ing the good fight.

  5. Thank you for the kind words Jon! For the record, please know that any lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion on our part was not because we were try­ing to be secre­tive in any way about what we do, but because we did not have the help or resources nec­es­sary to han­dle both push­ing these projects for­ward and reach­ing out PR-​​wise to the com­mu­nity. Claire Laver has been absolutely amaz­ing and the past six months with her direc­tion and orga­ni­za­tion as our direc­tor have really made a huge difference.

    To respond to Andy about East Poplar — If you are talk­ing about where Parrish St. runs into 9th — as it says on our web­site under that post, it is NOT offi­cially ok to build there right now. We have made Parks & Rec. aware that the space is being used for such but it appears the asphalt under the rail line is SEPTA’s land and they have not been able to get back to me about mov­ing for­ward with a legit­i­mate spot there. I have been back and forth with one of their “Long Term Planners” about it but he had to defer to their real estate depart­ment about whether they own the actual land under the over­pass. I have not heard any­thing back after mul­ti­ple emails. They own the right of way above, but it is still uncer­tain to us who owns the actual ground below where things are being built and skated. Both the City Planning Commission and SEPTA have not been able to answer me so we will con­tinue to chase down and put pres­sure on them to get us answers, but for now, as I said, build at your own risk.

  6. Thanks for the heads up.

    What about try­ing to get approval to build by the Wawa 95 ramp, south of the old Tasker spot? I real­ize that thus far the city has shown a pref­er­ence to the thriv­ing home­less encamp­ment and piles human excre­ment but it couldn’t hurt to try. There are no res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties in earshot.

  7. This is all so excit­ing. It’s so awe­some to see dudes take ini­tia­tive and deal with the absurdly long legal­i­ties and bull­shit that the gov­ern­ment puts peo­ple through to just build a lit­tle skatepark. All these great lit­tle spots that peo­ple set up rene­gade style, while totally fun, are con­stantly in jeop­ardy of being demol­ished by the city. That’s obvi­ously no rea­son to stop build­ing DIY spots, I hope that hap­pens more too, its just that it sucks to see peo­ple spend money and time on build­ing some spot that then gets destroyed. It seems to me that Franklin’s Paine has, and can, help the Philly skate scene so much by fund­ing and orga­niz­ing the con­struc­tion of sick spots that we can all ride for free (pad-​​less) that aren’t con­stantly on the brink of destruc­tion! Keep up the good work FP.

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