This project started in the Spring of 2008 when a local community group, Friends of POP’s, approached Exit Skateshop about making an otherwise unused space at their community playground into a place kids could skateboard. Steve from Exit contacted me to see if Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund (FPSF) could help out. We wanted it to be a skatepark in disguise – more of a sculpture garden you could skate. We also wanted to incorporate green space and trees for shade.
The site is located at the corner of Trenton Avenue and Hazzard Street in the New Kensington section of Philadelphia. It consists of a tennis court-sized asphalt pad surrounded by a high fence. Jesse Clayton, project manager for FPSF, drew up the preliminary design and we have been given the green light by the Department of Parks and Recreation. A local investment firm has donated $2,400 in materials as well as volunteer labor to get us started. Franklin’s Paine has also authorized $1,000 to be spent on this project. Even with volunteer labor, that’s a quarter of the budget. We are throwing an event at the VFW hall in Kensington Nov. 8th to raise more money.
See the picture below for more information on the location and concept behind making this project a reality. We will continue to need more money for resources and material as well as volunteer labor. Please give me a call if you can help. Click on the “POPs” category to the right to see all posts relating to this project.