September 14, 2006 |
Everyone agreed yesterday that the late urban planner Ed Bacon would have loved it: official commemoration of his career at one of his proudest creations, LOVE Park in Center City. To anyone who knew him, one other thing was equally clear: Had Ed Bacon been in attendance, he would have used the occasion to buttonhole Mayor Street and other officials one more time to try to persuade them to let skateboarders back in the park. "With LOVE Park, his first-born, I don't think anybody - including Ed Bacon - had any premonition that this would become the skateboard capital of the East Coast," State Rep. Mark B. Cohen, a Philadelphia Democrat and son of the late City Councilman David Cohen, told the crowd of about 100 gathered at the northwest corner of 15th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard.
March 12, 2002 |
It's a mecca for skateboarders. And chess players, no-power lunchers, gabbers, watchers, and rats. JFK Plaza - City Hall towering above it, Art Museum looming in the distance, LOVE in the middle of it all - is about as urban as it gets. Now the city wants to spruce it up, softening the hard edges, adding a little green, subtracting some skate mavens and rodents, and maybe, just maybe, adding a sprinkle of sitters and a dash of diners. The renovation plan, which is still evolving, envisions a deck and cafe tacked onto the circular - and currently vacant - Visitors Center building.
May 25, 1995 |
Skateboarders listened politely yesterday as Mayor Rendell extolled the new skateboard park, tucked under Interstate 95 at the edge of Franklin D. Roosevelt Park, and then they predicted that it wouldn't work. The newly asphalted patch under the viaduct, studded with plywood and concrete ramps and pyramids, will never take the place of forbidden John F. Kennedy Plaza, a.k.a. Love Park, the skateboarders said. "We're still going to skate Love Park," said Ryan Gawronski of Haddon Heights, N.J. "I usually just skate around the streets of Philadelphia.
May 31, 2003 |
Skateboarders of Philadelphia embraced Republican Sam Katz as their new hero yesterday after he attempted to show that underneath his power ties and business suits, he's just like them: black and blue from trying to master the legendary granite of LOVE Park. The 53-year-old candidate for mayor won over the audience when he fell off a skateboard and landed hard on his backside during a news conference at which he announced he is joining the crusade to legalize skateboarding at the Center City park, a mecca for enthusiasts of the sport.
October 4, 2013 |
HOPING TO ride the wave of momentum nationally, two state lawmakers from Philadelphia will introduce a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania. State Reps. Brian Sims and Steve McCarter, both Philadelphia Democrats, will announce the introduction of the Pennsylvania Marriage Equality Act during a news conference today at 10 a.m. in LOVE Park. Despite staunch opposition from Gov. Corbett and conservatives, the legislators said they are encouraged by recent action in the state, and that more than 30 lawmakers have signed on to the bill as co-sponsors.
November 24, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA A company has offered the City of Philadelphia $29.6 million for the parking garage under John F. Kennedy Plaza in a deal that includes a major upgrade to LOVE Park. But the project appears to be snagged in yet another dispute between Mayor Nutter and City Council. The mayor sent a bill to Council on Thursday to approve the deal, but no member would introduce it. "We are concerned that the bill has not been introduced," said his spokesman, Mark McDonald. "This winning bidder and the proposal we have is a very good one for the city's bottom line and the future of an iconic park.
May 18, 2013 |
For far too long, it was assumed that skateboarding and public parks went together about as well as oil and water. A decade ago, that notion led to skaters' being driven from Philadelphia's LOVE Park, an internationally heralded mecca for the sport. Skaters were seen as an undesirable subculture and a danger to those pursuing more traditional park pleasures, like sitting on benches and eating lunch. So it is a measure of how far our ideas about urban space have evolved that the deluxe skate park opening next Wednesday on Schuylkill Banks, just south of the Waterworks, has been designed in an ecumenical spirit that welcomes skateboarders and passive users alike.
June 11, 2004 |
Last week, DC Shoes offered Philadelphia $1 million for the upkeep of LOVE Park for 10 years. The condition: The city must lift its ban on skateboarding. Why would a California company care about LOVE Park? For these reasons: The park arguably is the world's most famous skatepark; there are more under-21 participants in skateboarding than in baseball; skateboarding is a multibillion-dollar industry, with LOVE Park a capital of the sport; and thousands of people travel every year to visit the hallowed grounds of LOVE, as seen in movies, magazines and video games.
December 6, 2013 |
SHE SAID IT was a day to "make history," and after months of talks, Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez likely will get her land bank before the year's end - but not without a few concessions. City Council yesterday made big strides toward establishing a land bank when it approved amendments to Sanchez's bill that brings the legislation a step closer to passage. With more than 40,000 vacant and blighted properties in the city, the land bank would repurpose blighted and tax-delinquent properties that otherwise sit idle.
June 19, 2013 |
A rally to raise funds for the SS United States will be held Tuesday at LOVE Park as backers of the historic ship ramp up their efforts to save it. The SS United States Conservancy is $100,000 toward its goal of $500,000 just to maintain the 62-year-old, 1,000-foot ship, which still holds the trans-Atlantic speed record, said Thomas Basile, spokesman for the conservancy, formed two years ago to save the historic ocean liner. Monday night, the lights of the Peco building in Center City lit up with the "S.O.S.