Franklin’s Paine builds free public skateparks that involve community engagement, encourage multi-faceted use, and demonstrate innovative design. We value the highest level of artistry in skatepark design to make Philadelphia one of the leading cities for skateparks used as centers for community, conversation, design, discovery, and creative expression.
FDR Skatepark is like nowhere else on earth. Where else can you build something yourself, tie a couple of bottle rockets to your skateboard, and light up the night testing it out with a few friends? Thousands visit every year, and hundreds work to maintain it and keep adding new challenges to its landscape.
If you want to learn how to build concrete skateparks – bring a shovel and a strong back and ask how you can help. Volunteers are always welcome.
Location: Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park, Philadelphia (below I-95)
Grays Ferry Crescent Skatepark
Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund, in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Olitsky Family Foundation, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department, Schuylkill River Development Corporation, Fifth Pocket, Cawley Masonry and the Grays Ferry Community Council, has developed a new skatable public space along the Grays Ferry Crescent and greenway. This 3,000 square foot park features a central catfish obstacle inspired by our Skateble City Initiative work with the Knight Foundation in partnership with Jesse Clayton and Jesse Pham.
After many years of advocacy, fundraising and project development, Paine’s Park officially opened to the public on May 22nd, 2013. The ribbon cutting event featured pro skater demos by Chris Cole, Tom Asta and Kerry Getz, as well as remarks from the FPSF team, Mayor Nutter, Governor Rendell, Deputy Mayor Michael DiBerardinis, CouncilPresident Darrell Clarke and State Rep Brian Sims. Famed anthom singer Lauren Hart sang the National Anthem to usher in ribbon cutting and DJ Gregg Nyce played the event.
Franklin’s Paine and Fifth Pocket were brought to the table by the The Borough of Ambler to discuss the development of a skatepark within Knight Park located on the corner of South Main Street and Bannockburn Ave in Ambler, PA.
On September 21st, 2010, Ambler Borough City Council voted to move forward with the proposed design for the space developed by Jesse Clayton of Fifth Pocket, Inc.
Patrick Kerr Memorial Skatepark (Roslyn)
Local skateboarders and parents worked with the Abington Township Parks & Recreation Department to build a public skatepark at Roslyn Park. FPSF donated $5K in 2001 from donations raised during the 2000 & 2001 X Games in Philadelphia. The project was renamed Patrick Kerr Memorial Skatepark in 2003 after the tragic death of the leading advocate for the project from the local skateboarding community. The final design is a breathtaking combination of street and transition elements created with a generous DIY spirit and unquestionable professional skill.
The idea for a skatepark on this site started in the minds of Laura Semmelroth, Tom Potts, and several other members of the Friends of Pop’s, a community group leading the charge of rehabilitating Pop’s Playground, located at Trenton Avenue and E. Hazzard Street in the East Kensington section of Philadelphia.
McCreesh Playground, located at 6744 Regent Street in the Mount Moriah District of Southwest Philadelphia, contains an old roller hockey rink that is no longer being used as intended. In fact, local skaters, neighbors, and concerned parents approached McCreesh Recreation Supervisor, Tim King in early 2010, about the possibility of turning the space into a skatepark.
After months of preparation and 3 weeks of construction in the summer heat wave of 2010, Jesse Clayton of Fifth Pocket, Inc., and FPSF completed the first phase of rehabilitation at Whitehall skatepark in the Frankford section of Northeast Philadelphia, located at the corner of Torresdale Avenue and Wakeling Street.
Included in this first phase of construction was the installation of a 45’ long half pyramid with step-ups and hubbas down each side, in addition to two new ledges. The existing steel quarter pipes were also tack welded.
Granahan Playground, located at 6500 Callowhill Street in West Philadelphia, houses an under-utilized roller hockey rink similar to Pop’s Playground prior to the skatepark’s construction. A local community leader approached us with an idea to turn this neglected rink into a skatepark and she has rallied support from many of her follow community members.
The site is conveniently located between Germantown and Wayne Avenues a block from the Wayne Junction train station.
Led by the initiative of the People’s Emergency Center (PEC) and the HUB Coalition, Franklin’s Paine has been working to develop a skatepark project in this neighborhood since the winter of 2010. With many kids already skating in this area, the need for a local, public skatepark is great. So far, the community support garnered by PEC has been wide-spread and very positive.
Water Tower Recreation Center
Water Tower Recreation Center, located in the heart of Chestnut Hill, has been home to a DIY skate spot for several years now. Recognizing a more vibrant use for the otherwise empy blacktop on the southeast edge of the park, local skaters have been frequenting this location, building their own obstacles for the space out of wood and recycled materials. Building off of this existing use, FPSF is working closely with the Parks and Recreation Department to further explore the feasibility of creating permanent skatespace in this location.