Support the Philadelphia Schulylkill River SkatePark Project

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One thing I’m proud of is that I am a skateboarder at heart. When I was a lot younger, I was sponsored by a few local companies down in Fort Lauderdale, FL where I grew up. Even did pretty well in a few local contests back in the day – late 80’s early 90’s. When I was about 19, I started developing really bad calcium deposits and bone spurs in my ankles from all the abuse, by the time I was 21 or so, I had to severly cut back on things just so I could walk. I would still skateboard but not nearly as much. I’m 33 now and still have dozens upon dozens of old decks, plenty of bone spurs in my left ankle, I walk down stairs kind of funny even to his day, and yes, I still look at curbs and benches and handrails a little different than the average person. I dont get to ride my board like I used to – but I still really enjoy watching others skateboard, the videos, the parks, etc.
So, that is why I’m really excited about the Schuylkill River SkatePark Project. This project is designed to complement other efforts spearheaded by the Schuylkill River Development Corporation to revitalize the once-neglected tract of land along the eastern bank of the Schuylkill River near the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This tract of land will be used to create a comprehensive recreational facility that will provide an outlet for active Philadelphia residents in addition to contributing to the physical appearance of the area. There is a public meeting this coming Friday – March March 18, 2005 at 6:00pm. Its at the University of the Arts, Terra Building at 211 South Broad Street in the Connelly Lecture Hall, 8th Floor. At this meeting the design team will unveil to the community two conceptual design schemes for the project and review the opportunities presented by each scheme for integrated design with the landscape and creative skateboarding terrain. The meeting will be your chance to respond to the ideas presented in each scheme before the design team proceeds with a single approach for the design. Come on out and show your support. It is especially important since skateboarding at Love Park and City Hall were banned in 2002 we need to develop more public areas where skateboarding is encouraged.
I’m also curious to see how this will compliment and bring extra traffic to one of the future parks immediate neighboors, the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center. We developed all the interactive exhibits for the FWWIC and in fact just began installing a couple new exhibits today to allow visitors to watch fish migrate up the fish ladder in the Schuylkill River. I can imagine some really cool interactive pieces being developed for the skatepark.
BONUS TRIVIA: So you have heard of the Six Degress of Bacon before right? Well how many of you knew that it applied to Love Park as well? Kevin Bacons father Edmund Bacon was the architect responsible for making the park a reality in the 1950’s and even hopped on a skateboard in 2002 at the park to protest the skateboard ban at Love Park put in place by Mayor Street.


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