Franklin's Paine News

Thanks to everyone who made it out to McCreesh Playground this past Saturday, August 14th to join us for our kickoff fundraiser and block party to support the construction of McCreesh Skatepark. 

Hundreds of people came out to support the project and shred the new wooden obstacles that will now be housed at McCreesh for the kids to skate while they await their permanent park.  The skating, music, food, raffles and energy were all very positive and over $1,000 was raised for the project at this event! 

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We hope you can join us on Saturday, August 14th from 2-5pm for a kickoff fundraiser and block party to support our proposed skatepark project at McCreesh Playground, 6744 Regent Street, in Southwest Philly.   Scott Kmiec, FPSF, the Southwest Concerned Citizens and the local Recreation Community have partnered to organize this event.  Both 5boro and Totally will come out to skate with the kids, DJ Illumadel will spin reggae all day and Chuck Treece will close out the day with a live performance from McRad!

Thanks to everyone who made it out to Pop's for the 1st anniversary / X Games Party!  Hundreds of kids came out to skate, pick up some giveaways, and get autographs from Kerry Getz and Daniel Curtis Lee. 

After 3 weeks of construction in the summer heat wave of 2010, Jesse Clayton of Fifth Pocket Design & Consulting completed the rehabilitation of Whitehall skatepark in Northeast Philadelphia. There is now a 45' long half pyramid with step-ups and hubbas down each side, in addition to two new ledges. The existing steel quarter pipes were also tack welded and fixed up a bit. Congratulations to everyone involved for getting this project done smoothly and to Jesse and his crew for doing such quality work in such tough conditions. Now go skate it!

We hope you can join us on Thursday, July 29th, from 4-6pm at Pop's Playground to celebrate the kick-off of X Games 16 and the one year anniversary of the opening of Pop's Skatepark! 

The event will feature professional skateboarder, Kerry Getz, and his team from Nocturnal, as well as Dan Curtis Lee from the Disney Channel's show "Zeke and Luther."   This event is free and all are welcome to attend. 

Check out Franklin's Paine in the news!  This Wednesday, July 14th, 2010 article by Joelle Farrell highlights our priority to work with community groups around the City to develop small skatepark projects. 

Construction began at Whitehall Skatepark on Monday, July 5th, 2010.  So far, construction is moving along smoothly and much progress has already been made!  Both of the ledges are framed out with masonry block and fill and await the concrete pour.  The largest obstacle, the half pyramid with hubba ledges, has been built up with masonry and mortar.

Please stay tuned for more updates on our progress and information on a community clean-up day!

Click the link below to check out the June 21st, 2010 article by Robert DiGiacomo in PlanPhilly on Franklin's Paine!

On Wednesday, June 2nd, Franklin's Paine was featured in an article in the University City Review written in response to the success of a recent community meeting in Mantua. During the meeting, FPSF presented the adjacent design concept for a proposed skatepark at 37th and Mount Vernon Streets. Please click the link below to read the full story!