Paine’s Skatepark Breaks Ground

 

Photo: Thaddeus Squire

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.

About the author

Hidden City co-editor Nathaniel Popkin’s latest book is the novel Lion and Leopard (The Head and The Hand Press). He is also the author of Song of the City (Four Walls Eight Windows/Basic Books) and The Possible City (Camino Books). He is senior writer and script editor of the Emmy-winning documentary series “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment” and the fiction review editor of Cleaver Magazine. Popkin's literary criticism appears in the Wall Street Journal, Public Books, The Kenyon Review, and The Millions. He is writer-in-residence of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia.



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