Nicholas Orso

Nicholas Orso grew up in central New Jersey, skateboarding with his friends since the age of eleven. After graduating from Drexel University in 2002 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, Nick moved to San Diego where he continued to skateboard while beginning his career.

Since 2003, Nick has been heavily involved with Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund (FPSF) as a way to blend his professional career with his passion for skateboarding. Over that time, Nick served as Board Secretary for 3 years before moving into a Project Management role to facilitate with the various projects and programs under the FPSF umbrella. Nick helped manage the $40k renovations to FDR Skatepark in South Philadelphia during 2005 as well as the construction of the new Pop’s Playground Skatepark in Kensington, which opened in July 2009. Nick founded an after-school skateboarding club at the Charter High School for Architecture and Design (CHAD) in 2008, which focuses on training the next generation to design spaces to skateboard in under-utilized urban areas and work with various City entities to acquire necessary approvals. The club also takes field trips to local skateparks to have fun and skateboard while analyzing the design and flow of existing spaces.