Favorite Spot: Too many to mention but my favorite right now is Broad Street
I Am: A worker bee by day and an appreciator of all things Philly (food, beer, music and beyond) on nights and weekends
Years in Philly: 34 years in and around Philly
Current Home: The Burbs
FDR park is an underused gem in the city. I mean, look at how beautiful this is. Who would know that it existed right across the street from the stadiums?
This week Philly Love Notes is teaming up with the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation in honor of Love Your Park Day, being held this Saturday, November 17th. We’ll be posting some of our favorite Fairmount Park Love Notes all week in celebration, and remember, if you’ve got some kind words to say about your favorite park, please send them along to firstname.lastname@example.org
Top Five Fairmount Park Spots (in no particular order):
1. Sedgley Woods and Disc Golf Course (Love Note #44 from Chip Chantry)
2. Pennypack Park in Fox Chase (Love Note #67 from Jill Sybesma)
3. FDR Skate Park (Love Note #70 from Hilary Malson)
4. Penn Treaty Park (Love Note #19 from Alex Bomstein)
5. Clark Park (Love Note #37 from Andrew Levitt)
Favorite Spot: FDR Skatepark
Neighborhood: Bottom of South Philly
Address: Broad and Pattison, under 95
I am: pedestrian, photo blogger, DC native. Currently doing community development work in Mt. Airy.
Years in Philly: 5 in the area, 1 in city limits
Current home: Just moved from West Philly to South Philly
My love note: The thing you’ve gotta recognize about FDR Skatepark is that it’s iconic and celebrated around the world, but it’s also widely unknown even here in Philadelphia. I don’t remember how I first found out about FDR, but a little over a month after moving to the Main Line for college I took the R5 into town, transferred to the Broad Street Line, got off at Pattison and descended into the park (the skatepark is just one section of the expansive and gorgeous FDR Park). You’ll find the skatepark past the Lakes and the ball fields, nestled underneath 95.
I don’t actually skate, so someone who does and knows the place in that way will appreciate the park for entirely different reasons, but there’s no better place than FDR if you love watching people skate. It’s is an organic effort that has grown over time, with a dedicated community of skaters and friends that uses salvaged materials to regularly maintain and build new bowls and ramps. Up on the east rim of the skatepark is a wide ledge, perfect for watching the skaters against a stunning backdrop of the skyline. FDR is loud. It’s friendly. The art always changes. Sometimes there’s a band, and if you wait long enough the ice cream truck will come by.