Granahan Playground, located at 6500 Callowhill Street in West Philadelphia, houses an under-utilized roller hockey rink similar to Pop’s Playground prior to the skatepark’s construction. A local community leader approached us with an idea to turn this neglected rink into a skatepark and she has rallied support from many of her follow community members.
Led by the initiative of the People’s Emergency Center (PEC) and the HUB Coalition, Franklin’s Paine has been working to develop a skatepark project in this neighborhood since the winter of 2010. With many kids already skating in this area, the need for a local, public skatepark is great. So far, the community support garnered by PEC has been wide-spread and very positive.
Water Tower Recreation Center, located in the heart of Chestnut Hill, has been home to a DIY skate spot for several years now. Recognizing a more vibrant use for the otherwise empy blacktop on the southeast edge of the park, local skaters have been frequenting this location, building their own obstacles for the space out of wood and recycled materials. Building off of this existing use, FPSF is working closely with the Parks and Recreation Department to further explore the feasibility of creating permanent skatespace in this location.