Groundbreaking set for much-anticipated Philly skatepark

    There’s a groundbreaking on the Schuylkill banks tomorrow that’s 10 years in the making.

    Shovels will hit the dirt at 11 a.m. for Paine’s Park, the multi-pupose skatepark plaza near the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

    The project has been in the works since Love Park was closed to skateboarders and the city’s skate culture enthusiasts found themselves with one less place to congregate.

    This should be good news for Darien Schell, owner of Armory East Skate Shop on Spring Garden Street. “I’m not knocking them, but whatever they’re doing, they need to pick it up, man,” he told Arts & Culture reporter Peter Crimmins in August about the proposed park.

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    Reps from the Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund will be at the groundbreaking, alongside city and state officials and some very excited skateboarders.

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