After putting the project together, getting some funding, getting a little more funding, approval from the city, and a lot of waiting, the groundbreaking for Paine’s Park will finally be happening this Friday.
The mixed-use space will have a focus on skateboarding and will total 2.5 acres. The park serves, according to Newsworks, “As both a replacement and an update of Love Park. Paine’s Park needs to mimic street skateboarding while not being intrusive on urban traffic. Its design has no half-pipes or bowls like FDR Park has; it’s all concrete benches and metal rails like Love Park has. But, unlike Love Park, these will be legal to grind.” In addition to the new construction, the park will also feature old granite from the now torn-up Dilworth Plaza. Oh, and most importantly, it is finally being made.
This coming Friday at 11AM will mark the Park’s groundbreaking at the site right by Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and the Ben Franklin Parkway along the banks of the Schuylkill. The plan is for everything to be completed around Summer 2013, which should be no problem since these dudes are pros at the waiting game by now.