Philadelphia skaters gather to celebrate their progress

"Street Level" is a campaign to raise funds and self-esteem.
Published : October 01, 2014

Paine’s Park, a public skate park adjacent to the art museum, officially opened to the public on Wednesday. Wedged between the Schuylkill River and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the park stretches across about three acres set on the Schuylkill Trail. The park is intended for pedestrians and not just skaters with the inclusion of green space, benches and cobblestone paths. Rikard Larma/METRO Paine’s Park, a public skate park adjacent to the art museum, is wedged between the Schuylkill River and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Rikard Larma/METRO

 

They've been kicked out of LOVE Park, and now Dilworth Park, but skateboarders across the city still see progress.

 

 

Josh Dubin, executive director of the nonprofit Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund, which helped build Paine's Park and advocates for skaters and their culture, pointed Tuesday to City Councilman Jim Kenney, "who is on the record as saying that when the new LOVE Park is re-designed in the coming year or two, that he'd like to see a way to preserve some opportunity for skate-able space in the new design because of the park's importance to global skating culture," Dubin said.

 

"I think that would have been unfathomable even a few years ago," he added.

At the park, which sits between the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the Schuylkill River Trail, the fund is hosting an event to raise money and to draw attention to how the sport can be more of a positive influence, and shed its reputation as a nuisance.

Dubbed "Street Level," the event celebrates skaters who have become leaders and role models in communities across the world using the boards with wheels as their swords.

Dubin hopes Paine's Park shows "that when skate-able space can be incorporated in an intelligent way there are interesting ways to move forward both in LOVE Park and others."

If you go


The event starts at 6 p.m. tonight and ends at 9 p.m.

Proceeds benefit the fund.

Tickets are $50 for adults and $20 for students at https://streetlevel2014.eventbrite.com/

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