I have been skateboarding for over 15 years and am still amazed at the lack of sanctioned places to ride my skateboard. It seems everywhere I look there’s a basketball court or a tennis court, easily accessible to anyone interested in that form of recreation. How is skateboarding different? It promotes physical fitness, coordination, social development, perseverance, and most importantly, it’s fun. So what other options do we have? Those that can organize and afford to, build their own private spaces, but the rest of us take to the streets because we have no other choice.
There is a certain stigma that has been associated with skateboarding and before all else, this must change in Philadelphia if we are to move forward. Progressive states like California, Oregon and Washington have overcome this mindset and numerous free, public skateparks abound. Most parks are mixed-use and incorporate green space for a benefit everyone can enjoy. While a City like Philadelphia may be a very different place, the need still exists, and must be met in its own way.
This blog is about documenting skateboarding’s part in a greater community and how it can fit in quite easily. You will find information about various projects I have been working on through my love of skateboarding and my involvement with Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund.
Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund is a registered 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to provide free, public places to skateboard. We also promote health, dedication, and social interaction through after-school and summer programming.