Franklin's Paine News

The fun continued at Granahan on Saturday, July 21st with the 2nd stop on the Philly Cup tour.   The energy was great and vitaminwater kept us all hydrated on this warm but beautiful day.  Over 30 skater competed and we gave away a ton of prizes thanks to our generous sponsors: Levitate Skateboarding, One Skateboard Co, Black Box Distribution, Bones, Nocturnal, Community Board Shop, Powerfulnailya, Explotation Video, Focus Mag and Delic Skateboards.  


On Saturday, June 16th, the Philly Cup Skateboard Competition Series kicked off with a blast!  It was a beautiful day and over 30 people competed, scoring themselves initial points towards the final Philly Cup awards in October.  Thanks again to our many sponsors who made this event possible: Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, vitaminwater, Friends of Pop's, One Skateboard Co., Nocturnal Skateshop, Green Division, Community Board Shop, Black Diamond, Levitate Skateboarding, Formation Skatboards, Green Banana, Powerfulnailya, Explotation Video Magazine and Errand Boy.  

To celebrate the end of another very successful school year, we took our CHAD students on a skate field-trip to New York City.

We are excited to announce that Franklin's Paine Skatepark Fund has been selected as a 2012 Knight Arts Challenge grantee by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for our Skatable City Initiative.  This project will involve creating 4 "sculpture skateparks" over two years in West Philadelphia working in conjunction with the City, the community and local artists.  Stay tuned for more information on this project and how you can get involved!

Check out this 4/18/12 article by Kara Savidge in the Temple News on Paine's Park and our work around Philadelphia!

On Wednesday evening, March 21st FPSF presented our final design for the Grays Ferry Crescent Skatepark to the Grays Ferry Communitiy Council.  All were supportive of the design, timeline and plans and we are thrilled to have confirmed the community's support for this project!  We are still on schedule to complete this project by early summer 2012.  Stay tuned for updates as our work progresses. 

We recently completed our required Infiltration Testing on the Paine's Park site and have taken one step forward in our pre-construction process.  Results of the study showed that the stormwater management system as designed for the park is suitable for the space.  Check back soon for more updates on our progress as we work towards our anticipated summer groundbreaking! 

Franklin’s Paine was able to secure over 400 cubic feet of granite removed from Dilworth Plaza at City Hall for reinstall at the Paine’s Park site.  All materials were donated to FPSF by the City of Philadelphia and the Center City District.  We are sad to see City Hall torn up, but grateful that these historic pieces of granite will continue to be skated in Philly for years to come.  

Join us this Monday, January 30th, 7pm at Water Tower Recreation Center located at 209 E. Hartwell Lane, 19118 in Chestnut Hill to discuss our proposal to develop permanent skate space in this location.  This meeting is a follow up from our initial community meeting that was held in November 2011.