Art Commission Approves Philly Skate Park and other Projects

The long promised skateboard park near the Philadelphia Art Museum comes closer to realization as it received approval from the Philadelphia Art Commission on Wednesday.  A plan was submitted and approved for Paine's Park benches, now that funding is in place for the project and the building effort is ready to proceed.  The plans also included storm water management elements, such as three rain gardens to meet new requirements.  Much of the proposed site furnishings (benches, lighting, bike racks) would conform with standards now underway at other Schuylkill River Parks.

In further news, Commissioners granted final approval to the overall master plan and the first phase of a multi-tiered project at FDR Park, the Phillies Urban Youth Academy.  The first phase includes a new field and dugouts.  As the project moves forward, the commission would like to review designs for signage, a proposed canopy and other aspects.

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