Embarcadero (formally named Justin Herman Plaza) in San Francisco and LOVE Park (formally named JFK Plaza) in Philadelphia are the two most legendary street skateboarding spots in the world. The amount of tricks, progression, coverage, and the now legends that each spot has produced is phenomenal. Skateboarders from all over the globe have traveled to these spots to skate and get a taste of what so many of their favorite pros got to skate on a daily basis.
As much as the spots differ, the era they represent, the coasts they’re on, the fights to keep them alive are the same. The physical aspects are also very similar and represent one common greater good-a street skateboarder’s dream.
The street plazas soon to be popping up around the world are the evolution of everything these two great spots started-the all of what we enjoy doing-skateboarding. The two grounds will hold a special place in the hearts and minds of so many skateboarders forever. Despite being demolished, banned, and skate-proofed, none of us who were blessed enough to witness or skate any of it, will ever forget. This is how they size up against one another.-Rob Brink
The “C” Block vs. The LOVE statue
They Used To Be “Li’l”
Nick Lockman and Lee Smith vs. Stevie Williams
Ask Their Permission
James Kelch vs. Ricky Oyola
Will Make You A Star
The Gonz Gap-Mark Gonzales, first ollie and first kickflip. vs. The Fountain Gap-Vinnie Ponte, ollie; Kerry Getz, first kickflip.
Hell no. vs. There was the one that Pat Corcoran and Chris Cole skated, but Fred Gall and Kerry Getz skated the only rail that mattered.
Dominating Board Companies
Zoo York, Alien Workshop, Habitat, Seek vs. Plan B, World, 101, Blind, Girl, Real, Mad Circle
Know The Ledge
Henry Sanchez, Mike Carroll vs. Stevie Williams, Brian Wenning
Extracurricular Activities For Civilians
Ice-skating and volleyball vs. Chess
That it was called “EMB”-that actually stood for Embarko’s Most Blunted, the crew that ran the place vs. That Vinnie Ponte was the first to ollie the fountain gap. According to Ricky Oyola, it was actually Choppy Omega a few weeks prior
Nearby Optional Default
Hubba Hideout vs. City Hall
The Greatness On Film
Pack Of Lies, Questionable, Virtual Reality, Love Child vs. Sub Zero’s Real Life, Eastern Exposure 2, Photosynthesis, The DC Video
www.emb4life.com vs. www.ushistory.org/lovepark
Local We’d Die To See Make A Comeback
Drake Jones vs. Matt Reason
Bulldozed vs. Fenced in and “skate-proofed,” but it’s not over yet