Paine’s Park and Skateboarding in Philadelphia


Guests: Josh Nims, Claire Laver, Anthony Bracali

It’s been over 10 years since the City of Philadelphia closed Love Park, a world- renowned skateboarding destination, to skateboarders. This left a gaping hole in an otherwise vibrant skateboarding community. We are happy to announce yesterday’s opening of Paine’s Park, a 70,000 square foot skate park along the Schuylkill River Trail. The 3-acre park is full of a variety of different set ups that appeal to a wide range of skateboarders. We have three guests joining us to discuss how Paine’s Park went from idea to reality. JOSHUA NIMS, a lawyer and co-founder of Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund will tell us how the idea of the park came into being. CLAIRE LAVER, the Executive Director of Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund, will take us through the evolution of the skate park, and ANTHONY BRACALI, the architect of Paine’s Park will describe the design process and what goes into making a skate park.

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