Skate City

  • With the city’s Park and Recreation Department now promising to commit $1 million, the Business Journal reports that the decade old vision of an alternate skateboarding haven will soon get off the ground. It’s hoped that Paine’s Park, situated on some 2.5 acres between Eakin’s Oval and the Schuylkill, will be but the centerpiece of a much larger skateboard park system in the city.
  • FlyingKite.com informs us that the Center City District has received the International Downtown Association’s Merit Award for its improvements to Aviator Park, Three Parkway Plaza, and Chestnut Park.
  • Philadelphia Heights reviews Union Transfer—the new, mid-sized concert venue in the old Spaghetti Warehouse restaurant at 11th & Spring Garden. Moving past the legacy of this building (originally a farmer’s market), blogger Gabriel Gottlieb then delves into the adaptive reuse of Callowhill as a whole.
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  1. Thanks. 🙂

  2. The shame is that this plateau of land was part of the feeding ground of the geese that live along the river. I have photographed the geese and observed them as the brought their young ashore and the goslings fed. There were also turtledoves that nested in the trees that have been cut down and rabbits that also lived in the wooded area.

    Now this will become a haven for obnoxious (mostly white and privileged) kids and their skate boards. There are other areas near the city with underdeveloped recreation grounds that would benefit low income people as well as the Yuppie Spawns.

  3. Dear Mr. Shrode

    While I can understand your concern over environmental impacts, the project is being undertaken in close collaboration Schuylkill Banks, which is very concerned with the balance of use and habitat preservation along the river. Most of the land the site will occupy is not wooded, and the project has been designed to minimize impact on trees and other natural assets.

    Your comments about the prevailing demographics of skateboarding are wrong. According to a recent study by Friday Architects and Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund, most skateboarders in Philadelphia are African American or Latino – whites are not the majority, at least here. While there are several hundred basketball players for every basketball court, there are an estimated 15,000 skateboarders to every park in the city of Philadelphia. The need is great. In addition to Paine’s Park, Franklin’s Paine is also developing other degraded City rec centers and parks into new (more green!) skateparks — all this in close collaboration with City of Phila. Parks and Rec.

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