News

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

Recent News

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!
On Tuesday evening, May 25th, the People's Emergency Center (PEC), HUB Coalition and Franklin's Paine hosted a community meeting to discuss redevelopment plans for a public park located at 37th and Mount Vernon Streets. The community has identified a need for safe, designated skate space to accommodate a growing interest in skateboarding among local youth. Franklin's Paine presented a mixed-use design concept for the space that safely integrates skate space in with other playground amenities.

Check out our first monthly newsletter!  Please click on the attachment below to open the pdf version.  We will continue to keep all of our friends and supporters informed on our work through these periodic updates.  If you're not currently on our mailing list and would like to sign up to receive updates and newsletters, please click here to enter your information.

Over the past several months, FPSF worked closely with filmer / editor Kevin McDonald to create a promotional video of our work.  Special thanks to Kevin, Chuck Treece for providing the music, and our CHAD students for jumping on camera and sharing their thoughts with us.   Check it out!!

Thanks so much to everyone who joined us at North Bowl last Saturday, and for supporting Franklin's Paine!  AJ Kohn, JJ O'Donnell, and Tyrone Williams killed it during a freestyle skate demo, and we were able to showcase our recently completed promo video done by Kevin McDonald (to be uploaded to our website shortly)!  Thanks again to the many artists and business owners who contributed items and pieces of art to the silent auction and raffle, and to North Bowl, vitaminwater and PBR for sponsoring the event.

Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund will hold a fundraising event on Saturday, March 27th from 5-8pm at North Bowl Lounge n Lanes, located at 909 N. Second Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123.

$25 at the door includes bowling, tater tot bar, food and drink specials, silent auction, raffle, photo booth, skate demos and more! 21+

The purpose of the event is to raise funds and awareness for FPSF's current and proposed youth educational programming and skatepark development projects.

This event is sponsored by vitaminwater®.

Franklin's Paine continues to push forward with identifying, proposing, and designing potential new neighborhood skateparks around Philadelphia.  Pop's Playground has set an example for the potential of community skatepark projects to bring youth and families together and positively effect a community, and we hope to replicate this success with other projects and new partnerships.  We have been keeping our eyes and ears open this past year, and are happy to have a w

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