Paines Park is Officially Opening Today

paines_park_poster Back in 2005 I worked in over­sized color print­ing and fin­ish­ing where I had the oppor­tu­nity to print and mount Anthony Bracali’s orig­i­nal ren­der­ings of Paine’s Park to be fea­tured in a mag­a­zine. I was also given per­mis­sion to keep the print. I have since hung it in every apart­ment I have lived in for the past 8 years. I have con­sis­tently stuck up for the poster and project despite how quickly and eas­ily it was to be made fun of for. Today is the cer­e­mo­nial rib­bon cut­ting but if you are on social media and fol­low any­one remotely close to this project (or even peo­ple who’ve had noth­ing to do with it) you’ll already be in the know that this place has been skated for at least the past week. I had been told that final touches would be hap­pen­ing pretty much up until the rib­bon cut­ting. So much for that. Nocturnal got an invite to skate last week, Monday was a clos­ing cel­e­bra­tion for every­one involved in the project, and yes­ter­day was a VIP event that I only found out about yes­ter­day a few hours before it hap­pened. Sorry I couldn’t have been there to cover what went down yes­ter­day. Quartersnacks got an invite and they just pub­lished a post about the park with tons of great pho­tos. Leave it to QS to remind every­one that skaten­erd is an OG in all of this! Right now I’m be head­ing down to the rib­bon cut­ting cer­e­mony to get my first in per­son glimpse of the park. The place looks amaz­ing and regard­less of all the com­plain­ing about lit­tle nuances of some of the obsta­cles we are truly lucky to have this in Philadelphia. A lot of peo­ple said that they didn’t think it would ever hap­pen (I have plenty of com­ment archives to prove it) and I tried my best to con­vince them oth­er­wise for over a decade. I’ve had my neg­a­tive moments regard­ing the project as well but it’s finally here. Time to go skate. Here’s another Nocturnal clip shot at yesterday’s VIP event: http://​www​.youtube​.com/​w​a​t​c​h​?​v​=​8​n​F​v​s​w​a​P​xRM

2 thoughts on “Paines Park is Officially Opening Today

  1. Today’s been such a great day. Thanks for keep­ing faith this project the whole time, Jon. I may tease you and get on your nerves some­times, but I really think you’re a rad dude.

  2. Monday was a clos­ing cel­e­bra­tion for every­one involved in the project? Really? First i’m hear­ing it is now, read­ing your arti­cle. Skateboarding sure can be a pop­u­lar­ity con­test. Glad I’m just a nerd. Jon, you RULE you sup­port and your hon­est. Thank you for that. Everyone that made this hap­pen thank you. No more bs, only have time to skate now.

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