Franklin's Paine News


Thanks to all of our generous donors and supporters, we successfully suceeded our goal of raising $2,500 to expand our Gear for Groms program this year to new sites around the city including Paine's Park!  We are very grateful to our community for this support and look forward to continuing to grow this program and reach more local kids! 

Join Franklin's Paine and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation on Thursday, November 10th, 6:30pm at Water Tower Recreation Center for the first community meeting to discuss our skatepark proposal for the playground.  We will make a presentation to the community and then have an open discussion about the proposal.  We hope to see you there!

The City’s commitment to skateboarding reaffirmed as nonprofit’s mixed-use public spaceand crown jewel of the region’s skateboard community moves forward

On Saturday, September 10th the U.S. Championships of Freestyle Skateboarding were held at Miles Mack Playground in the Mantua section of West Philadelphia.  Youth and adults from ages 12 - 50 participated and all proceeds from the event went back to the Gear for Groms program.  Many thanks to all who attended and competed! 

The US Championship of Freestyle Skateboarding is coming back to Philadelphia this year and will be held this Saturday, September 10th at Miles Mack Playground in Mantua from 1pm - 5pm.

In July 2011, The Borough of Ambler broke ground on a new skatepark located within Knight Park in Ambler, PA.  Jesse Clayton of Fifth Pocket, Inc is the builder of the project and is working in conjunction with Borough staff to develop the site.  Construction is anticipated to wrap sometime in early September!  Please stay tuned for more information on the progress of this project and future events on site.  

Go Skate Day 2011 was a huge success thanks to skaters and community members all around the city.  Check out this video by Phil Gushue of the day's events and keep skating!

The Borough of Ambler just broke ground on their new skatepark located in Knight Park at South Main Street and Bannockburn Avenue, but additional funds need to be raised to complete the project as designed and on schedule.

Calling all groms!  On Saturday, July 30th from 1pm - 4pm,  there will be a skate contest, ages 7-17 at Pop's Skatepark.  The winner gets a scholarship for one week of Woodward Skate Camp courtesy of vitaminwater and Exit Skateshop!

On Tuesday, June 21st, Philly skaters will join skaters all around the globe to celebrate Go Skateboarding Day!  Check out one or more of the featured stops on the attached flyer, or find your own place to skate.  Communities, skateparks and skateshops all around the city are pitching in to show how important skateboarding is to Philadelphia!  Featured stops include McCreesh Playground, Miles Mack Playground, Grahanah Playground, Pop's Skatepark, Nocturnal Skateshop, Exit Skateshop and Focus Skate Mag.