In the early 1990’s skateboarding had found a special place in Philadelphia, Love Park. Kids young and old traveled from around the world to skate its pristine ledges and infamous fountain gap. And while the struggling skateboard community embraced the park, the city felt otherwise. To “clean up” downtown Philly the city hired security at Love Park and slapped some concrete under an I-95 overpass in Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park some five miles outside of town, calling it a skatepark for the youth. Although laughed at by locals at first, after some serious DIY renovation FDR skatepark was really born. Documenting the past 15 years of constant construction and evolution is the new book FDR Skatepark: A Visual History, released late this past summer. — coolhunting.com
This 168-page hardcover photo book features contributions from 25 international photographers and transcribed interviews from park locals. This book is a collection of photos and stories that document the legend and landscape of the past fifteen years under the bridge, and was conceptualized, written and designed by long time supporters of the park.
All profits received by the authors will go towards the ongoing maintenance and expansion of FDR. For more information click here.