A certain part of our community is still mourning the death of Love Park, which supposedly killed skateboarding in Philly… Bullshit.
If street skating might have gone through a down time then, and that’s to be discussed –the mere existence of Jimmy McDonald’s career proves the opposite–, skateboarding has off course lived in Philadelphia since the end of the 90’s, under many forms, even under the harsh transition loving one, via a mere local institution: FDR.
A pure DIY project, the park has been steadily growing since 1996 (?), and must now be the second place of that kind still standing, after Burnside. Proof that, by getting dirty, you can do more than a quick tranny at the bottom of a Jersey barrier… Well, this is how it always starts, isn’t it?

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