August 10, 1998 |
It sits underneath I-95, nestled between concrete barriers and tucked away at the back of FDR Park in South Philadelphia. Skaters come from across the nation to sample the gravity-defying twists and turns of the obstacles of the skateboarders' park. Four years after the Rendell administration proposed banning skateboarding at JFK Plaza - or "Love Park" as skateboarders across the nation called it - its replacement is even more popular than its predecessor. "It's a success," said Shane VonHartleben, 24, owner of Subzero Skateboard and Snowboard Shop on 5th Street near South.
August 4, 2003
LOVE MUST OFTEN change in order to grow. So do editorial boards. That's why this one is now giving a tentative thumbs-up to a new plan that could bring skateboarders back to LOVE Park. Last year, we supported Mayor Street's action to shut down the park to skateboarders and redesign it to encourage wider use. We disagreed with skateboarders and their supporters that this park should be signed over to the ones who use it most. We still believe that a city park, especially one in the heart of the city, should not be designated the exclusive domain of any single group.
June 26, 2002 |
The broad runways of rickety granite paving stones are gone. So are the hard benches that banged wheels and shins, the round concrete planters, the scraggly shrubbery, and the sheer grittiness of the place. LOVE Park, once one of the great touring sites in the world of skateboarding, is only a memory now. In its place, and nearing completion, is a renovated JFK Plaza, a little more grassy and a lot less brassy. The city hopes to reopen the park, closed since the end of April, by July 3 - in time for much of the citywide Welcome America!
July 29, 2003
Sometimes a good idea has to go dormant awhile, get revived and gussied up, then presented again before people take it seriously. That's how the effort to return skateboarders to LOVE Park is rolling. There always has been a way to satisfy two worthy usages of the Center City park - giving people a grassy lunch spot and allowing skateboarders to do their thing. But only one side has been served so far, as Mayor Street had JFK Plaza redesigned last year and, with City Council, kept skaters out. The city should continue its commendable plans to help skaters build a privately financed skate park at the Schuylkill River Park.
August 25, 2014 |
Philadelphia will welcome home its Taney Dragons Little League team Sunday at LOVE Park in Center City. The rally, organized by Mayor Nutter's office, begins at noon when the team is expected to arrive from Williamsport. Taney was the city's first Little League team to compete in the Little League World Series in Williamsport. Pitcher Mo'ne Davis became the first girl to pitch a shutout in the World Series last week. The run captured the attention of the city, which held viewing parties and mass-produced Taney merchandise.
November 24, 2013 |
THE MAYOR'S OFFICE has chosen the highest bidder to purchase the parking garage under JFK Plaza, but a Nutter-backed bill sent to City Council on Thursday morning saw no introduction, and a spokesman for the administration says Council is dragging its feet on what could be a huge windfall for the city. Nutter spokesman Mark McDonald said the city plans to award the contract to Chicago-based Interpark LLC, which already runs a garage at 13th and Locust streets. The plaza above the garage, at 15th Street and JFK Boulevard, commonly known as LOVE Park for its iconic statue, is set to be rebuilt as the parking structure is repaired.
March 9, 2011
AS I WAS reading Gregory Heller's op-ed "One last chance for Love Park," I couldn't help think of its neighbor, Dilworth Plaza, whose fate is truly appalling - demolition. This wonderfully designed plaza is being demolished because it is only a walk-through - and too noisy with traffic roaring around it. But there are many things we can do with it. The lower section can be used for entertainment and information. TV screens, like those at the president's house, placed on the walls, showing the government access station, another showing Ron Avery's "Urban Explorer," another showing City Hall history.
September 14, 2014 |
The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office said this week that it would "carefully review" new video footage purporting to show a confrontation last month between a LOVE Park ranger and a teenager. Curtis Tanner, 19, of Pottstown, faces charges of aggravated assault and related offenses in connection with the Aug. 15 incident. He is accused of assaulting a park ranger who had told him to leave because he was skateboarding - which is prohibited in the park. A visitor to the park posted video of the encounter, showing the ranger on the ground, being punched and kicked while several others watched.
September 27, 2014 |
More than 300 people gathered at LOVE Park on Thursday to call for an expansion of the state's hate-crimes law to include crimes motivated by sexual orientation. The rally, spurred by the Sept. 11 assault of a gay couple near Rittenhouse Square, drew a slew of local and state leaders, who expressed sympathy for the victims and stressed the need to expand current legislation. State Rep. Brian Sims (D., Phila.) organized the rally. Speakers also drew attention to issues in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, including violence against transgender individuals and bullying in schools.
June 5, 2014 |
MIKE THOMPSON'S eyes well up, wet and full as puddles, as he recalls his brother, Tom. "I would visit him occasionally and he would talk about things that didn't make sense to me," Thompson, 57, says in a video. "He struggled. And then one day I got a call. " He pauses for a moment and purses his lips: "My brother killed himself. " "I am Mike Thompson and I will listen," he says as the video fades. The video was presented as part of the nation's first #IWillListen Day, held yesterday in LOVE Park in an effort to fight the stigma surrounding mental illness.