In the 80s and 90s, Philadelphia's Love Park helped but the city of brotherly love on the international skateboarding map. Local pros such as Ricky Oyola, Josh Kalis, and Kerry Getz saw their time to shine while local rats and people from all over the country found the smooth ledges, stairs, and flat surfaces of Love Park as the latest and greatest skate mecca.
Then in early 00's, legislation from current Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter (then a City Councilman) made skateboarding a crime, and getting chased out of Love Park by cops (and potentially getting caught and ticketed) became part of the routine for the skaters. 2oo2 saw the final straw that broke Love Park's back put into place when an $800,000 project was initiated to "beautify" the park, or, as everyone else saw it, make it nearly impossible to skate in Love Park due to flowerbeds and other obstacles.
Thus, Love Park was dead to skaters. And shortly after, Franklin's Paine embarked on making Philadelphia aware of the impact skating has had on it.
Several year's in the making, and plenty of grassroots funding later, Franklin's Paine has officially opened Paine's Park, located on the banks of the Schuylkill river and along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Designed with skaters in mind, the park boasts beautiful cement and brick surfaces, ramps, and ledges (which bear a striking resemblance to those found in Love Park).
We put the above video together document the opening festivities while giving you a glimpse of the park.
The next task is for you to obviously go skate it.