Skateboarders in Philadelphia may be saying goodbye to angry police and hello to safe skateparks as the Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund has teamed up with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Department to create an official skatepark Master Plan for the city.
The master plan will begin in West and Southwest Philly, and aims to figure out how much money will be needed to build skateparks in the area and where in the community they should be constructed. The organizations are also looking into existing parks that can be transformed into free skate parks.
FPSF Executive Director Claire Laver said she hopes eventually children will have to trek no more than half a mile from their homes to skateboard safely, according to the organization’s master plan release.
FPSF is continuing to pursue other projects, such as contributing to the development of existing skateparks like Pop’s Playground in East Kensington, Patrick Kerr Memorial Skatepark in Roslyn, Pa. and the Whitehall skatepark in Frankford.