Paine’s Park will be one of the country’s next great skate plazas, and the keystone to Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund’s master plan for Philadelphia skateboarding. Yes, Paine’s Park will be a skatepark, but more accurately, it will be a public place for skateboarding. Skateparks are often designed exclusively for skaters, but a public place for skateboarding aims to welcome skateboarding into multi-purpose public space and celebrate this integration. Having sparked a new type of dialogue between the skateboarding community, the City of Philadelphia and members of the design community, this project is emblematic of a vibrant city with rich cultural heritage and a promising future where space is designed to accommodate skateboarding as an important energizing force behind the life and movement of public space.
Philadelphia is known all around the world for our long and storied history of skateboarding. However, Philadelphia is very underserved in terms of free, designated skateparks. The ratio of skaters to skateparks in Philadelphia hovers around 15,000:1 compared to basketball, for example, which is much better accommodated at 211:1. Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund is actively working to close this gap between skaters and facilities and completing Paine’s Park is integral to this plan, as it will serve as a hub for skating in Philadelphia, both to local skaters, and those who come to visit our city from afar.
In order to ensure that the park opens by this summer, we at Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund, need two things – decent weather, and final assorted project fees. Quite honestly, it’s very difficult to complete a $4.5 million dollar park and, of course, unexpected issues often arise during a construction process that can add to a project's overall cost. We have raised support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the City of Philadelphia, the Tony Hawk Foundation, the Olitsky Family Foundation and countless individual contributors over the years and we are so grateful for this support. Through this Kickstarter campaign, we are now raising funds to close our final gap and finish the park in time for the summer. After over a decade of hard work and perseverance, we are thrilled to be this close to opening one of Philadelphia’s next great civic spaces, and one of the country’s next great skateparks.
Some amazing local partners have stepped up to support this campaign, including Todd Carmichael, CEO & Co-Founder of La Colombe Torrefaction and star of Travel Channel’s Dangerous Grounds; Lorenzo Errico, Founder of Formation Skateboard Company; Ishod Wair, local professional skateboarder; artists Todd Marrone, Yis “NoseGo” Goodwin, and Todd Landaker, and Skout Media who produced our campaign video. We are so grateful for their support and are siked on the amazing original artwork that we have to offer exclusively to our kickstarter backers through these partnerships in the form of stickers, t-shirts and skate decks.
This project has been a long time coming. We have spent over a decade working to raise funds, seek City and State approvals, match our design aspirations with our budget, and pull together all of the moving pieces associated with developing a major capital project on public land. After years of perseverance and dedication, we finally broke ground in October of 2012 and need one final push to complete the park in time for a summer 2013 opening. Let’s finish this right and then we will welcome the world to come skate Paine’s.
Risks and challenges
Large capital projects often produce unforeseeable curveballs along the way, but we feel that we are far enough along with construction at this point to have uncovered all of our major project cost implications. If any additional issues arise on the construction site between now and completion, we feel confident that our project team will be able to persevere and work through any concerns along with our partners from the City of Philadelphia.
Post-construction, the largest challenge will be maintenance costs and upkeep of the park. To this end, any funds raised in excess of our $10,000 goal will support maintenance and programming costs moving forward.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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