FDR Skatepark began its life in 1996 with a few small obstacles built by the City of Philadelphia in an attempt to meet the needs of a growing community. In true D-I-Y fashion, local skaters soon gathered their resources and began the ongoing construction of a space of their own design. As the world's largest D-I-Y skateboard park, today FDR is recognized throughout the world as a landmark in the skateboarding community. A photographic history of FDR, this book contains work from more than 25 contributors, from amateurs with disposable cameras to professional photographers. Side by side with the actual skateboarding are photos of wildfires, box cutter wounds, riot police, and drunks shooting sewer rats. Complete with oral histories gathered from park locals, this one-of-a-kind record documents the legend and landscape of the past fifteen years under the bridge.
well worth the wait: FDR Skatepark: A Visual History is a beautiful 168 pages documenting the history of the park and its worshippers.
After celebrating FDR's 15th birthday last year Nick Orso, Scott Kmiec and photographer Phil Jackson (not that Phil Jackson) decided to make a photo-book documenting the decade and a half of DIY progress. The finished product is "FDR Skatepark: A Visual History," on Schiffer Publishing, is a work of art. There's a million ways to screw up a book of such magnitude and the trio chose none of them. The photos are run big and full bleed, the design is clean and classy (a word rarely used to describe FDR) and the interviews with the key players are poignant and entertaining; it gives you a true feeling of what it was like to be a part of FDR and watch it grow to what it is today. And since it's not for sale, this book is about as close to FDR as most of you ESPN readers will ever get. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy.