Pop's Skatepark

Trenton Avenue and E. Hazzard Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19125

The idea for a skatepark on this site started in the minds of Laura Semmelroth, Tom Potts, and several other members of the Friends of Pop’s, a community group leading the charge of rehabilitating Pop’s Playground, located at Trenton Avenue and E. Hazzard Street in the East Kensington section of Philadelphia. 

They saw the abandoned roller hockey space, plenty of kids skateboarding in the streets, and made the connection.  They approached Steve Miller at Exit Philadelphia, and Jesse Clayton to get the ball rolling. Steve and Jesse met with Nick Orso of Franklin's Paine in the beginning of 2008 and they began to develop a schematic plan and estimate.  They also secured the necessary approvals from the City’s Department of Recreation, who owns the land. 

Construction began around August 2008 with seed funding from Franklin's Paine and a workforce of volunteers organized by Steve and led by Jesse.  A kickoff ceremony was held in September 2008 with more money donated by Boost Mobile and Genworth Financial.  The momentum started to build; Friend of Pop’s organized a fundraiser at the local VFW in November 2008, Steven James organized a McRad show at Kung Fu Necktie in January 2009, and the New Kensington Community Development Corporation was awarded a $10K grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation. 

With some additional funds provided by Franklin's Paine, and Jesse’s unwavering dedication pushed along by Nick Suozzo, Chris Clark, Adam Foizen, and countless other volunteers, the project reached completion in July of 2009.  The skatepark attracts over 50 kids a day and also houses a Saturday morning Gear for Groms skateboard instruction class during the spring, summer and fall.

This skatepark project was a complete success and the result of all the dynamic partnerships formed over a year and a half of planning, fundraising, and construction, much of it happening simultaneously.  A formerly abandoned lot has become a community gem attracting both locals and skaters from different parts of the city and the region.  

Partners:

The City of Philadelphia
Philadelphia Department of Recreation
Jesse Clayton (Designer / Builder)
Exit Philadelphia Skateshop
New Kensington Community Development Corporation
Friends of Pop's Playground
Boost Mobile
Philadelphia Department of Recreation
Genworth Financial

FPSF would like to thank:

Jesse Clayton
Exit Skateshop
Philadelphia Parks and Recreation
Tony Hawk Foundation
Boost Mobile
Genworth Financial
New Kensington Community Development Corporation
Friends of Pop's

Park Info

Existing
Maintained
Mix of transition and street
Helmets encouraged but not required
9am - 9pm