Last week, the City announced that beginning on July 17th, Eakins Oval in front of the Art Museum steps will be playing host to an inviting park and exciting project.
From the Parks and Recreation’s announcement on their website, “eight acres of public space at the base of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway” will become a place to meet, play, and engage in activities offered by participating organizations. There is more information and renderings here.
Running through August 20th, the currently paved parking lot space will convert to large open blocks of pedestrian-friendly turf with inviting benches, a stage for free live entertainment and movie nights, and the city’s best food trucks coming through every day. According to the drawings, there will be seating for eating, lawn games to play, sandboxes to dig, and sprinklers for hot…
If you’re anything like us, you get a little jealous every time you see people fishing in a small boat along the Schuylkill River. For those of you who have never seen the Schuylkill from the vantage point of a riverboat, the folks at the Schuylkill River Development Corporation (SRDC) have entered into a contract with a new company to begin tours of the river beginning this summer.
The tours “are spot on in terms of meeting our mission,” said Joe Syrnick, SRDC CEO.
The river and trail
That mission is to open up the tidal Schuylkill River and increase public access to its river banks. The SRDC has been busy redeveloping the Schuylkill Banks since 2006.
“One of the best ways to do that is to have attractions that bring people down there.”
The ragin' Schuylkill
At the X-Games in 1999, Tony Hawk landed what history now documents as the first successful 900—two-and-a-half full rotations—after 10 failed attempts. The message? Keep goin’, kid.
Kids (well, any capable person) in West Philly will soon have a chance to practice their aerial twists on skateboards thanks to a $100K grant from the Knight Foundation as part of the second Knights Arts Challenge Philadelphia, which awarded $2.76M this year for arts programs around the city.
The money will mean community engagement and a revitalization (yes, we love that word) of vacant or underused recreational facilities, according to Claire Laver, executive director of Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund (the folks behind the Paine’s Park skate park designed to be built in the shadow of the art museum, perhaps by next spring).
“I’m not sure where the creative process will lead us,” said Laver.
Before that, FPSF…
A couple of weeks ago, we mentioned that Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund’s (FPSF) recently published Master Plan for creating free, accessible skate parks throughout Philadelphia. We figured you might want some more details, since studies show that 68 percent of our readers are avid skateboarders, and an additional 23 percent don’t skateboard but love reading about skateboarding. Note: Margin of error for our studies is 100%.
Paine's Park rendering. From theire website.
West and Southwest Philadelphia are the first target areas for design implementation. Over the next five years, the plan will focus its attention on numerous locations throughout these communities, many of which already contain recreation areas that could be repurposed as neighborhood skate parks. Claire Laver, the Executive Director of FPSF, emphasizes that “the importance of planning in the development of proposed recreational amenities cannot be overstated.” It’s exciting…