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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 […]

 

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 […]

 

Sports: LOVE and Paine in Philadelphia’s Skateboarding Scene

Sports: LOVE and Paine in Philadelphia’s Skateboarding Scene

Philadelphia made a name for itself as a skateboarding city when skaters discovered LOVE Park in the 1980s. Center City’s LOVE Park (below), officially named JFK Plaza, was outlined by city planner Edmund Bacon and opened in 1965. Two decades later, the plaza became a hot spot for skateboarding. Due to its open spaces, plentiful […]

 

Sports: Injuries in Skateboarding

Sports: Injuries in Skateboarding

Visit any of the few skate parks in Philadelphia and one thing is immediately apparent: many skateboarders aren’t wearing helmets or protective pads. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Pennsylvania is one of 22 states with some variation of a bicycle helmet law in place. However, there is no current legislation that requires […]

 

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 […]

 

Fairmount: Paine’s Park Provides New Space for Skaters

Fairmount: Paine’s Park Provides New Space for Skaters

When Paine’s Park opened in late May, skaters rejoiced. Local residents, however, don’t seem to notice nor think its attraction has a negative impact on the neighborhood. “I think it’s good for the city to have it,” said Doug Gordon, who lives on the 2400 block of Fairmount Avenue. “I don’t think it affects the […]

 By Matthew Yost and Danielle Rosati

Overbrook Park: Skate Park Project Rerouted

Overbrook Park: Skate Park Project Rerouted

A proposed skate park at Rose Playground in Overbrook Park has been wheeled to another location. Instead of the skate facility, Overbrook Park residents have received a new walking track and exercise area at Rose. These actions have produced mixed reactions from community residents. Resident Madison Wayne said she is relieved that the skate part […]