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

Nathaniel Popkin is co-founder of the Hidden City Daily and author of three books of non-fiction, including Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City (with Peter Woodall and Joseph E.B. Elliott) and two novels, Everything is Borrowed and Lion and Leopard. He is co-editor of Who Will Speak for America, an anthology forthcoming in June 2018, and the senior writer of the film documentary "Philadelphia: The Great Experiment."



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