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Kensington: Skate Shop Owner Makes A Difference Through Community Work

Kensington: Skate Shop Owner Makes A Difference Through Community Work

Pete MacKay, 31, owns and operates Shallow End Skate Shop, located at 2557 Amber St. in East Kensington. The shop and the brand he co-owns, Gnarhammered Skateboards, have become fixtures in the Philadelphia skateboarding community in a short amount of time. Through tireless hard work, MacKay is using this “clubhouse that I made reality” to […]

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Amateur Sports: Where People Run Around On Broomsticks and Peg People with Dodgeballs

Amateur Sports: Where People Run Around On Broomsticks and Peg People with Dodgeballs

The name of the game is quidditch. Based off J.K. Rowling’s fantasy literature series Harry Potter, United States Qudditch was founded in 2010. Quidditch is a co-ed contact sport that is a mixture of dodgeball, flag football and rugby. There are seven athletes on the field for each team at all times, and players must […]

 

South Philadelphia: LGBT Community Comes Together Through Football

South Philadelphia: LGBT Community Comes Together Through Football

Mention football and South Philadelphia in the same sentence and most people will instinctively think of the Eagles. However, across the street from Lincoln Financial Field, at FDR Park, another kind of football is making a difference. The Greater Philadelphia Flag Football League provides not only a competitive athletic experience but a social atmosphere that […]

 

FDR Park: Local Skaters’ Pride And Joy Shines from under an I-95 Overpass

FDR Park: Local Skaters’ Pride And Joy Shines from under an I-95 Overpass

Philadelphia skateboarders have slowly pieced together a skater’s paradise underneath the Interstate 95 overpass in Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park. Located near Broad Street and Pattison Avenue, skaters gather at FDR Skate Park daily to shred in a realm that was created by the skaters, for the skaters, according to local skateboarder Carlos Baiza. “Every year we try […]

 

Amateur Sports: Parks and Recreation Looking to Make the City a Better Place

Amateur Sports: Parks and Recreation Looking to Make the City a Better Place

Located at the intersection of S. 32nd and Dickenson streets in Grays Ferry sits Stinger Park. It has the appearance of many neighborhood parks throughout the city – old and worn from decades of use, with a touch of nostalgia. The park has the look and feel of an area that is in constant use. […]

 

Waterfront: Five Outdoor Activities to Experience

Waterfront: Five Outdoor Activities to Experience

When William Penn first laid out his plan for Philadelphia, the famous founder realized the importance of parks to not only flee to in case of emergency, but also to escape from the rigors of city life – even for just an afternoon. Today, the waterfronts along the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers boast some of the […]

 

South Philadelphia: FDR Park Thrives Despite Budget Cuts

South Philadelphia: FDR Park Thrives Despite Budget Cuts

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park teems with activity during the summer months. A golf course, hiking paths, tennis courts, skatepark, baseball fields and playground all dot the park’s landscape. Despite massive funding cuts to the Department of Parks and Recreation, the park continues to flourish. FDR is part of the Fairmount Park, which is the largest […]

 By Jade C. McKenzie and Connor Showalter

Packer Park: Debut of XFINITY Live! Hopes to Generate More Growth

Packer Park: Debut of XFINITY Live! Hopes to Generate More Growth

The Sports Complex Special Services District will open its latest attraction—to add to Citizens Bank Park, Lincoln Financial Field and the Wells Fargo Center—XFINITY Live! on Friday. The Lower South District’s sports complex annually generates millions of visitors and vehicle trips, according to the Lower South District plan adopted by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission […]