Here you will find press releases, published articles, and other announcements and updates on our work and progress. 

Recent News

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.


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.  

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