By Kyle Taylor
I starting skateboarding over 10 years ago. I grew up in Ohio, and close to my location was Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania had one of the most iconic skate spots in the world, JFK Plaza, also known as “Love Park.”
JFK Plaza, or Love Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has been a very famous skate spot for many years.
Almost every professional has skated Love Park at least once. Sadly, it has been illegal to skateboard in Love Park since 1995-2001, and the park was completely closed down and fenced off in 2002 for renovation of the park to make it “un-skateable.”
DC Shoe Company offered $1 million for 10 years worth of upkeep for the park if skateboarding was allowed. The city turned the offer down. So if you wanted to skate in Love Park, the only way you could was at night, and all the while you’re hoping you don’t see police.
The City of Philadelphia has a $15 million park renovation plan, including making most of the area grass. The mayor of Philly removed the ban on skateboarding in Love Park in February for a weekend before the demolition. Since then, Love Park is temporarily torn down and surrounded by a fence.
All skaters are left with is the memories of the great history in skateboarding in this legendary spot.