Skateboarding mecca's granite getting new life in Sweden

FILE – In this April 25, 2002, file photo, pedestrians walk near a damaged section of sidewalk and graffiti painted on artist Robert Indiana's sculpture in John F. Kennedy Plaza, also known as Love Park, due to vandalism shortly before a planned renovation of the park in Philadelphia. Granite slabs from Philadelphia's famed Love Park, a skateboarding mecca though for a long stretch an illegal one, are being shipped in 2017 to the city of Malmo, Sweden, nearly 4,000 miles away, for use in construction of a skate park there. (AP Photo/Dan Loh, File)

Granite from a Philadelphia park that was a skateboarding mecca, though for a long stretch an illegal one, is being put to new use at a new skate park nearly 4,000 miles (6,400 kilometers) away

PHILADELPHIA — Granite from a Philadelphia park that was a skateboarding mecca, though for a long stretch an illegal one, is being put to new use at a skate park being built nearly 4,000 miles (6,400 kilometers) away.

Slabs from the city's famed LOVE Park, named for Robert Indiana's LOVE sculpture, are being shipped to the city of Malmo, Sweden.

Malmo's skateboarding coordinator told KYW-TV (http://cbsloc.al/2qBcP5h ) that the granite will be used for a project he says will "rock the skateboarding world."

The park adjacent to Philadelphia's City Hall was long a popular destination for skateboarders. It was featured in a Tony Hawk video game and partly credited for bringing the X Games to Philadelphia in 2001 and 2002.

But from 2003 to 2016 skateboarding was banned at the park, with skaters risking fines if they were caught using it. Now, the area is undergoing a major redesign that it is turning it into largely green space, effectively killing its use as a skating venue.

A Philadelphia organization that advocates for skateboarding had control of the granite.

"Well, of course, it's sacred and to share that with another city making a skate park that used that granite was very attractive to us," said Josh Nims, a founder of the group.

Malmo skateboarding coordinator Gustav Eden said his city has "learned that skateboarding is not detrimental to urban life but can actually be an asset in activating spaces."

Some people move to Malmo to skate, he said, and top sponsors like Vans hold competitions in the Swedish city.

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Information from: KYW-TV, http://www.kywtv.com

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