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Finally!!! Public Space for Skateboarding

Paine's Park Ground Breaking
Friday October 12th 2012
11 AM at the Skatepark Site

Where is it?
Martin Luther King Jr. Drive & Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, PA
Along the Schuylkill River Bike Trail right near the Art Museum
Coordinates: 39.96278,-75.180486

In 2001 a group of skaters and supporters formed the Franklin's Paine Skatepark Fund. Their mission was to get something done, not so sure exactly what but something. Years passed, designs were created, people got crazy, LOVE Park had drama, the story is long and depending on who you ask not even true. I'm not here to set the record straight, I just want to share the facts that matter to the eager street skaters and the people who care about them.

> Read the article and see the designs.


Go!Skate Philadelphia June 21, 2011

On June 21st, Philly skaters will join skaters all around the globe to celebrate Go Skateboarding Day! Communities, skateparks and skateshops all around the city are pitching in to show how important skateboarding is to Philadelphia!

> Check out the map and activities.


Skatepark: Mastic, NY

Growing up on Long Island we were seriously lacking a good place to skate. It seemed like it was never ever gonna happen. That all changed this month. A public skatepark opened in Mastic, a real street plaza from the fine people at California Skateparks. I have heard rumors that it may have hours, cost a fee and may require wearing a helmet. To find out for sure I gotta wait for the snow to melt and visit my parents back home and make the 10 minute drive to get there. The photo above was shot by me while the park was still under construction. No they would not let us try it out.

> Kuato Lives Locals keep you updated.


Learning to Skate

Here is a cool written piece and NBC news segment about skateboarding being brought into the public school curriculum. Gym class was never this good. Thanks Dave Waldeck for the link.

> Check it out


Flushing Park Fail

I really enjoyed skating the new spot in Corona Park (Flushing Meadow), Queens NY. The park was designed by a group of volunteers and built by California Skateparks for the Maloof Money Cup contest. I took the trip in to see the two day contest and really had a great time. I could not wait to skate the park.

The Good:
The park has great flow. The circular design is so simple and effective. There are no fences and the park setting it is seated in is amazing. The idea to re-use an old fountain is smart and effective thinking. Some of the original granite from the fountain is exposed to skate. The concrete is smooth and unique. Colors are used all over the park so your not looking at the same drab grey concrete. The rails and steps seem to be just right. I would not know from experience since I don't really hit rails or big drops any more. There is this little bowl corner that is super fun and easy to skate. Over all I really love the park.

The Bad:
Bikes and scooters are always flying around and really getting in the way. Getting to the park is a huge confusing pain if you are an out of towner and are not used to the weird driving skills and traffic patterns of NY. Don't even bother using your GPS, a paper map is the best choice to find the park entrance. The big rail and stairs has barely enough runway to make it down the set. Some of the park is falling apart. I am not sure what happened but anywhere you can grind concrete its crumbling. I know bikes destroy stuff fast but in only one week there were cracks and crumbled concrete in some weird places. The overall park seemed to have been rushed to make the deadline and open in time for the contest.

Go skate it and see for your self.
Flushing Meadow Park Carousel
Forest Hills, New York 11375

> Adam Salo on ESPN


A Solo Exhibit with M@ke/Shift Gallery

This months exhibit space is at 2212 E Norris St, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Two Receptions:
Friday March 7th, 2010 from 5-8pm
Saturday March 22nd, 2010 from 4-7pm

> Event Postcard
> Read More


I Need A Place To Skate

> Event Flyer
> Haveboard Thread

Franklin's Paine Skatepark Fund (FPSF) will hold a fundraising event on Saturday, March 27th from 5-8pm at North Bowl Lounge n Lanes, located at 909 N. Second Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123.

> Read More


Earthquakes and Skateboarding

Lot's going on in the world especially the earth crust shifting. I found the above image of quake damage in China while scouring the internet for information on our recent quake in Chile.

Back in the 90''s I remember seeing amazing photos of skaters making the best out of quake spots in San Francisco. I can not get the images out of my head and thought, what if a skatepark was designed to look like an earthquake hit it? If anyone knows of some online references to skating earthquake damage contact me and I will update this post.

While we are on the subject, a few people are using skateboarding as a catalyst to raise funds for Haiti.


Skateboard Art Has Mass Appeal... Oh Brother

The Wall Street Journal posted this article that includes Weelie Art in the title. Ugh. So to sum up the article, people who don't even skate, are making skateboards their canvas. Why? Oh because it sells! Big surprise.

Skateboarders have been holding group shows for well over a decade that encourage the concept of skateboard art. Usually these shows serve a purpose, to bring together the skateboard community for some sort of fund raiser. Today our own skateboard market place is full of slapped together graphic design and logos heat transfered to Chinese manufactured decks while our creative screen printed graphics of yesterday are fetching a few hundred (at least) on eBay.

What can we learn from this? Skateboarders as artists need to evolve. We don't need to accept graphic design as a skateboard graphic any more. We sure as hell should be tired of graffiti and skulls as imagery that classifies our community. We have a lot more talent. In this time of skateboard as a canvas, the true skate artists deserve the spotlight, not some women who has changed her subject matter from horses and clouds on canvas to skulls on skateboard just to make a living.


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