News

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

Recent News

Join Franklin's Paine and professional skater Kerry Getz on Saturday, October 30th at 1pm on the future site of Paine's Park for a photo rally in support of Paine's Park and the development of more skateparks around Philadelphia.   We are trying to gather the largest group of skaters and supporters possible for a group photo that will show support in numbers.  For more information on the photo rally please click here!

Click here to read the October 2nd, 2010 article in the Ambler Gazette on the proposed skatepark project at Knight Park.  Both Franklin's Paine and Fifth Pocket Design and Consulting are working with the Borough of Ambler to develop this project.  We anticipate this project to break ground in March or April 2011.  Stay tuned for more details!

Click the link below to check out a video by Phil Gushue of our recent construction project at Whitehall Skatepark!  Several new obstacles were added to the park including a 45' long half pyramid with step ups to hubbas in July, 2010.  Many thanks to Phil, Jesse and all of the volunteers for their great work on this project!

We hope you can join us for the 2010 World Championships of Freestyle Skateboarding presented by Powell Peralta Skateboards and Concrete Wave Magazine!  The event will include a competition of over 80 skaters from 11 countries and will also include a trade show featuring sponsoring manufacturers, local skate shops, nonprofits, artists and local businesses.  Donations made by the participating vendors will benefit the work of Franklin's Paine!

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. 

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