Philadelphia’s skateboarding culture has deep roots — Love Park has long been a mecca for amateur and pro skaters, to great debate — and Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund has an ambitious mission to capture the passion of the city’s skateboarding community and open not only Paine’s Park, but also an extensive series of skateparks throughout the Greater Philadelphia area.
That mission takes a giant leap forward today, as Paine’s Park stakepark opens to the public with a ribbon-cutting bash from 4 to 6 p.m.
Located on the Schuylkill River Banks, Paine’s Park is set to officially open for community use with a festive skater-filled affair including food trucks by Rita’s, Guapos Tacos and La Colombe, as well as skater demos featuring pros Chris Cole, Kerry Getz and Tom Asta.
Plus, Philadelphia Flyers songstress Lauren Hart is slated to to sing the National Anthem and DJ Gregg Nyce will spin tunes.
With support from the Knights Arts Challenge Philadelphia, the Tony Hawk Foundation and nearly 20 additional partners, including Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department and the City of Philadelphia, Paine’s Park has the backing of both the skater community and the city at large.
Designed by Anthony Bracali of Friday Architects/Planners and Brian Nugent of SkateNerd, the park is a mixed-use public space, with skateboarding as the central feature, but also including elements to appeal to the general public like granite and steel benches and sweet views of the Schuylkill River and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Take the opportunity to check out this brand-new public space, and maybe break out that ollie you’ve been working on.
Paine’s Park Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
When: Wednesday, May 22, 4-6 p.m.
Where: Paine’s Park, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
More info: www.franklinspaine.com