Take My Stone, Please!

Granite destined for the Paine’s Park skatepark

Skateboarders were about the only people who loved the unforgiving granite that covered Dilworth Plaza, so it’s fitting that some of the stone being torn up in the plaza’s remodel is destined for a new skatepark.

About 75,000 pounds of Dilworth Plaza granite will be installed in the Paine’s Park skatepark planned for the north end of Schuylkill Banks adjacent to the Art Museum.  The City and the Center City District donated a mix of slabs, tiles, benches and support blocks, which were trucked to FDR Park earlier this week. The granite will be stored there until construction on Paine’s Park starts later this year.

Dilworth Plaza granite on its way to FDR Park

Peter Woodall is the co-editor of Hidden City Daily. He is a graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Journalism, and a former newspaper reporter with the Biloxi Sun Herald and the Sacramento Bee. He worked as a producer for Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane and wrote a column about neighborhood bars for PhiladelphiaWeekly.com.



3 Comments


  1. The jury is out, but I am holding my breath to see if Dilworth Plaza is built with such fine materials as the granite which has been sent away…

  2. I agree…what could be better than granite? But perhaps the skateboard graffiti will befit it. Ugh.

  3. This is an AWESOME idea. Someone deserves a promotion.

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