I just want to get this info out to the reader, as it is issue that has not gotten a whole lot of press. The City of Philadelphia has begun the process of creating a skate park in the city, presumably at the Schuykill River Park which is around 25th and Spruce Streets.
Check out the project'ssite and see what's going on. They are still in the planning stages, so now is the perfect time to get involved and help get this done right.
I cannot pretend to be a skater, nor do I have any plans to become one. As the kids like to say, I would be frontin' if I suggested otherwise. However, I do love the city, and feel like this would be a great addition. One of the most ridiculous and disappointing decisions made by the Street administration (and there have been many) was the one to ban skating in Love Park. It still does not make sense to me more than a year later, and might warrant its own post. Hopefully, this can make up some of the loss from that decision, and allow the city to become a mecca to skaters around the world once again. Now is the time to make sure that this project gets started and completed as promised, and that it is done with the wishes of skaters in mind. Go out to the meetings and get involved with the group and bring some great energy back to the city.
Also, make sure to check out Skate Nerd, a great site run by actual Philly skaters, and a great store on 6th and Bainbridge.