Inside Franklin's Paine Skatepark
Throughout the late '90s and early '00s, LOVE Park in Philadelphia, Pa., was an iconic and world-famous skateboarding landmark, filled with ledges and gaps that attracted droves of skaters from around the world. In 2002, the city began cracking down on the skating there, leaving Philadelphia without its premier street-skate spot. A decade later, the city and locals are welcoming the recently completed Franklin's Paine Skatepark, which is helping to expand the street skating scene in Philadelphia.
Franklin's Paine Skatepark opened on May 22, 2013. It features 75,000 square feet of skateable concrete built right next to another iconic city landmark: the Philadelphia Art Museum. The park cost $4.5 million to build and also serves as a recreational space for the general public. The walking paths and green spaces weave skateboarding into the tapestry of the surrounding park and city.
In the above video, Kerry Getz, a veteran of the LOVE Park scene and longtime Philadelphia local, discusses the development of the new street plaza and the impetus behind the idea.