If You build it…

If you build it… They will come… And slap their logos all over it…

So have you guys heard about the 1 year anniver­sary event of Philadelphia’s Newest DIY Skatepark???

Yea nei­ther did I or the actual peo­ple who DID IT THEMSELVES.

Regardless SOMEONE is respon­si­ble for whor­ing out the rights of a com­mu­nity built and main­tained skate park to Comcast and ESPN with­out get­ting them to con­tribute to the ONGOING build­ing and main­tain­ing of skate spaces in the city.

Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe they did get a huge chunk of change, and just didn’t feel it was infor­ma­tion the Philadelphia skate­board­ing com­mu­nity needed to know. Since no one con­nected to this event wanted to return emails maybe this is the place to ask. Regardless here is the flyer for an event hap­pen­ing in 2 days…

9 thoughts on “If You build it…

  1. I am one of the main Volunteers of Pops con­struc­tion. I built the major­ity of all the block and brick to build the park. I have clocked count­less hours of ser­vice to have the park fin­ished. Im just a lit­tle bummed that none of the Volunteers were noti­fied for this event to either attend or speak on behalf of fundraiser oppor­tu­ni­ties for Pops, or other projects we are work­ing toward for the City of Philadelphia. I do under­stand it is a pub­lic park and ayone can do as the wish im just a lit­tle con­fused that with FP’s name on the ban­ner i didnt hear about in sooner. Enjoy your Event. Maybe I can attend the next one!

  2. Franklin’s Paine and the Friends of Pops knew about this event for a a lit­tle while as ESPN came to them due to all the good press about the park, so kudos to all the vol­un­teers who built it and keep it rolling with pro­gram­ing and up keep! If you work with Franklin’s Paine or with the friends of Pops you should have been in the loop.This event kind of came together recently from what I under­stand. I am sure they are work­ing some­thing out with these big­ger spon­sors to con­tinue all the good work that Franklins Paine does, more expo­sure to what we all do is a good thing.
    Remember it was cor­po­rate spon­sor­ship that helped get­this place built in the first place. You can tout DIY all you want but in real­ity it was the money from big­ger groups that got it done as well as the hard work of the vol­un­teers. The only whores that I see in this whole thing are the peo­ple who are claim­ing that it is theres, its a pub­lic space that was built and main­tained by many, not a sin­gle, per­son, crew or shop. It was a com­mu­nity effort, don’t for­get that so lets see where it goes before assum­ing anything.

  3. When you work with fp you get info and paid on the side to. right ako? Someones gotta be buy­ing one skateboards.

  4. “Remember it was cor­po­rate spon­sor­ship that helped get­this place built in the first place.”

    Yes I do remem­ber, because it was all the Exit dudes who stepped in when boost mobile tried to throw an event in Philly with­out chip­ping in on funds for the park. I remem­ber rent­ing a uhaul out of my pocket to lug some junk ramps to pops just to throw a demo,get some press,and have boost donate a cou­ple grand to the park. So where was Comcast’s, Espn’s, and FPSF’s logo when POP’s was just a hole in the ground that needed help?

    Comcast’s event is not to cel­e­brate the one year anniver­sary of a com­mu­nity built park, or to com­mend the efforts by the peo­ple who made it hap­pen (fuck jesse cant even be there), nor is it an event to raise funds or aware­ness for the ONGOING build­ing efforts. It’s just a bull­shit event to plas­ter 12 year old city kids in Comcast and Xgames tee shirts and logos, and in my opin­ion a seri­ous missed opportunity.

  5. Missed oppor­tu­nity is a great point. I wish all the shops and non prof­its could get along really well. We got a lot to put behind us to make the best steps for­ward. Thanks Jesse, Exit, Nocturnal, all local brands and FP for con­tin­u­ing to fight the good fight. Can’t wait to hear about the next event ahead of time and per­haps get every­one who really wants to par­tic­i­pate the oppor­tu­nity to.

  6. Just be glad Pop’s is get­ting pub­lic­ity regard­less. Look at the good side. This may inspire other peo­ple to do some­thing like Pop’s. OR BIGGER! You never know. I know alot of you feel ripped off, but any pub­lic­ity in sit­u­a­tions like this is GOOD publicity.

    It’s all good people.

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