The $4.5 million Franklin’s Paine Skate Park, more than a decade in the making, broke ground on Friday, with state and City officials on hand. Hardscaping and infrastructure work on the park, designed by architect Tony Bracali and Friday Architects and Planners, will be completed by the end of January, with landscape and planting to follow in Spring, 2013.
The project is funded largely through a RAC-P grant from the State of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia, with smaller grants from the freight railroad CSX and the Tony Hawk Foundation.
Hidden City Philadelphia founding director Thaddeus Squire is a consultant to the Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund through CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia, a management consultancy for small non-profits. Hidden City is also a member of CultureWorks.
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Nathaniel Popkin is the co-editor of the Hidden City Daily and co-producer and senior script editor of the documentary film series "Philadelphia: The Great Experiment." He's the author of Song of the City: An Intimate Portrait of the American Urban Landscape and The Possible City: Exercises in Dreaming Philadelphia.
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