Franklin's Paine Skatepark Fund works on behalf of Philadelphia skateboarders to advocate for their rights and the social and economic benefits of skateboarding. Our public advocacy, research, and outreach support the growth of Philadelphia's skateparks and skateboarding culture, as well as the field and industry. Our vision is to become the national leader in skateboard research and policy making through three vital programs.
Franklin's Paine is among the first skateboarding advocacy groups in the country to create a Master Plan for skateboarding, making Philadelphia the first major East Coast city with such a plan. Franklin's Paine was founded to defend the rights of skaters against proposed legislation and advocate for the positive value of skateboarding for people of all ages, with an emphasis on young people. As a voice for skaters in the region, we bridge the divide between the City of Philadelphia and the increasing needs of a rapidly growing number of skateboarders. Our advocacy focus has grown over the years to include public advocacy, research, and outreach to support the growth of Philadelphia's skateparks and skateboarding culture in general.
Our vision is to become the national model in skateboard policy through three vital programs:
- Public Advocacy– We engage in political outreach to raise awareness about the needs of the skateboard population and encourage government support and the development of new policies. We engage and empower the public through public forums and conferences on policy, practice, and issues facing the field.
- Research– Our research program conducts and disseminates research on trends in skateboarding, its social and economic impact, and other critical data for the field. Research studies are developed based on current, relevant needs expressed by field leaders.
- Design Conference & Outreach – Design and architecture are essential to skatepark development. This program includes an annual conference on skatepark and product design trends, informing plans to make our future parks the most accessible, skateable, and innovative as possible.