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New parks East Portland to include Skate Spots

February 9th, 2016

New parks in east Portland to be named Loowit View Park, Gateway Discovery Park.

Not entirely sure who the builder is.

From Jamie Sandness of PP&R

“Thought you might be interested in this press release. Both Gateway & Loowit parks have skate spots designed in the plans. The Gateway one is marked on the rendering. The Loowit skate spot is the gray area above the basketball court in the upper right section of the park. Not quite as impressive as a full skate park, but two more locations to serve some of the need in Portland”


Gateway Discovery Park rendering



January 28, 2016


For Immediate Release



Mark Ross, Public Information Officer

503-823-5300; cell 503-823-6634

New parks in east Portland to be named Loowit View Park, Gateway Discovery Park


(Portland, OR) –


Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) and Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz announce the names of the two new east Portland parks which will begin construction this spring.  Gateway Discovery Park will be the name of the park encompassing nearly four acres off NE Halsey St between NE 104th & 106th avenues, built in partnership with the Portland Development Commission (PDC).  The 16-acre neighborhood park at NE 126th Ave & Beech St. (previously referred to as the Beech property) will be named Loowit (pronounced loo-WIT) View Park.


Together, the two parks will serve nearly 1800 households which do not currently have ready access to a park or natural area.


Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz dedicated System Development Charge funds (revenue from new construction development in Portland) to the two projects in 2014.  In January 2015, PP&R and the community began working together to develop the designs for the parks.  The designs for both parks were finalized in the summer of 2015.  Construction on the two new green spaces is scheduled to break ground in spring of 2016.


PP&R thanks the volunteers who served on park naming committees, comprising area neighbors, community advocates, representatives of traditionally underserved communities, and volunteers recruited and appointed by Commissioner Fritz and PP&R Director Mike Abbaté.  Additionally, the Bureau thanks the Argay Terrace Neighborhood Association, Gateway Area Business Association, Hazelwood Neighborhood Association and the Parkrose Heights Neighborhood Associations for their participation and support in the design and naming processes.


“These two new parks represent a significant step in addressing historic inequities in park facilities in east Portland,” says Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz.  “All over Portland, people are telling me, ‘Provide parks for people who don’t have one.’ There are inequities in every neighborhood, and insufficient resources to correct them all. Loowit View Park and Gateway Discovery Park continue the City’s determination to correct the disparities in east Portland.”


Portland Parks & Recreation solicited park names through October 2015, from neighbors via public meetings, the PP&R website and emails to community stakeholders.  Potential names were weighed according to the vision and goals for each park and the guidelines stipulated in the Portland Parks & Recreation naming policy.  Both Loowit View and Gateway Discovery Parks received nine name submissions.


“It is extremely exciting to see these park projects continue,” says Portland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbaté.  “A key milestone in the development of a new project is the name that the park will be known by for generations to come.  We are so grateful to the naming committee, and to the Project Advisory Committee who, along with City staff, are guiding the development of these sites. Loowit View and Gateway Discovery Parks will be memorable into the future“.



Harper’s Playground committed to raising the funds to make the new Gateway Discovery Park the site of Portland’s next inclusive, barrier-free playground: the second in the City of Portland.  Their first project is at Arbor Lodge Park in north Portland.  The non-profit group participated on Project Advisory Committee and advised on inclusive design. The committee and the community were very committed to creating a play area that supported the participation of ALL children.  Harper’s Playground continues to advocate for inclusive playgrounds citywide.


“The name ‘Gateway Discovery Park’ invokes the same exciting sense of adventure that awaits in our entire neighborhood,” says Linda Sanchez, a member of the park’s naming committee.  “GABA – the Gateway Area Business Association – shares the excitement of east Portland neighbors for the amazing new gathering space coming soon.  It will really be a gateway into Gateway!”


Fast Facts on Gateway Discovery Park:

A partnership project with Portland Development Commission


The nearly four-acre park will become a “living room” for the Gateway neighborhood, featuring accessible spaces and activities for all ages, including a plaza ready to accommodate a variety of events, festivals, and farmers’ markets. As envisioned in the Master Plan, the park will also include flexible green spaces to accommodate picnic areas, accessible playground features and nature play.

Equity/Equal Access

The park will serve more than 800 new households which currently do not have ready access to a park.  Data show that 36% of these households are racial and ethnic minorities, and 28% are experiencing poverty.


Project construction cost is estimated at $5.2 million, which includes $4.2 million from System Development Charges (not General Fund tax dollars) and $1 million from The Portland Development Commission (PDC).



(pronounced loo-WIT)


Spread on 16 acres adjacent to Shaver Elementary School in northeast Portland’s Argay neighborhood, Loowit View Park will feature a soccer field and basketball court, accessible play and picnic areas, parking, community gardens, a fenced off-leash dog area, and foot and bike paths with expansive views – including a majestic vista of Loowit (the Native American name for the iconic Mt. St. Helens).

The park will serve nearly 1000 new households, ones which currently do not have ready access to a park.

“Recommending an appropriate name was difficult, but ultimately we enjoyed a rewarding outcome,” says Nina Palacios, a member of the Loowit View naming committee. “I’m excited about the new park, one we’ve been eagerly anticipating for so long.  I volunteer at the adjacent Shaver School, and the kids there are bursting with anticipation for their new park!  I very much appreciate being a part of the naming process.”

The park’s name helps to honor the indigenous people who first lived on the land, and to recognize the overall history of the area.

“The name ‘Loowit View Park’ holds meaning on many different levels”, says Cary Watters, a member of the Tlingit Tribe and of the park naming committee.  “The fact that this park’s name is a Native [Chinook Wawa] word, and that it honors the traditional way in which our people named places, is a huge step forward in healing – not only for the Native community, but for the land and the at-large community.”


Fast Facts on Loowit View Park:


 Adjacent to Shaver Elementary School in the Parkrose School District, in the Argay neighborhood of NE Portland.  It will feature grand views, a youth sports field, a full-size basketball court and a teen area.  The latter will include a climbing structure, two ping pong tables, a group seating area; and a skate park is under discussion.  The entire teen area will be covered, with colorful sports court surfacing.  Other features include accessible play and picnic areas, shelters, a restroom, pedestrian and bike paths, parking, community gardens, and a fenced off-leash dog area.

Equity/Equal Access

-The park will serve 965 new households which currently do not have ready access to a park. Data show that 49% of these households are racial and ethnic minorities, and 23% are experiencing poverty.


 Project construction cost is estimated at $7.8 million, from Parks System Development Charges (not General Fund tax dollars).


Challenges Remain

As Portland Parks & Recreation commits to new parks in communities where none currently exist – and to expanding other parks – many existing parks are at a crossroads. For decades, PP&R operating funding has been cut or remained flat, forcing the Bureau to postpone rehabilitation and maintenance in every neighborhood throughout the City.  Despite the 2014 Parks Replacement Bond, passed by voters with overwhelming support, the list of needs across the PP&R system is huge, and grows every year that we don’t address it.  PP&R has anticipated unfunded maintenance needs totaling nearly $250 million over the next 10 years. The beautiful parks we love to visit are being held together by thousands of volunteers and wonderful employees going above and beyond the call of duty.

System Development Chargesthe funding being used to create the two new parks in east Portland (not General Fund tax dollars) are restricted to expanding capacity only.  SDCs cannot be used to maintain or repair existing facilities. It is also insufficient to fully address the hundreds of park projects needed by our rapidly growing neighborhoods – an additional need of approximately $472 million over the next ten years.

”In east Portland, two out of every five households do not have easy access to a City park.  That is in stark contrast to the rest of Portland where four out of every five households live within a half-mile of a park or natural area“, adds Commissioner Fritz, who designated Loowit View and Gateway Discovery Parks for development after careful consideration of community input.  Commissioner Fritz considered four worthy park options that were ready to build in east Portland – those with completed Master Plans.






Powell Park Skatespot Benefit

April 3rd, 2013


Come out on the 16th and support The Powell Blvd. Skate Spot. We have a ton of project donated by various vendors which will be for sale!!

Latest Portland Skatepark News

February 1st, 2013


The Powell Street Project and the Brooklyn Street Skate Spot both have Facebook pages. Follow them to keep up with the latest developments. You can donate to either project by clicking on the buttons at the left.

EPM Fernhill Benefit closing party

October 25th, 2012


This Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 4-6 p.m. is your last chance to see the photos all hung together at Extracto Coffeehouse, 2921 NE KIllingsworth St. and pick up one of the prints for your collection. Sales to benefit the Fernhill skatepark effort. Thanks to Rich Burton and Earth Patrol Media for this fundraising effort. For more details and thumbnails of the images, check Earth Patrol Media.

Daddies Board Shop BSSS fundraiser results

October 17th, 2012

Thanks to Daddies Board Shop and their patrons for raising $1453.50 for The Brooklyn Street Skatespot.

Pier Park and Glenhaven Skatepark Ts

October 17th, 2012


We passed the 6th Anniversary of the reopening of Pier Park Skatepark on October 14, 2012. The Pier Park and Glenhaven skatepark opening day t-shirt designs are available through Cafe Press. $5 of the purchase price will go to support Skaters for Portland Skateparks.

Fundraising for Fernhill, Brooklyn Street and Powell

October 5th, 2012


Rich Burton is showing his skateboard photography at Extracto on NE Killingsworth in October with sales of the photos are a fundraiser for the proposed Fernhill skatepark.

We’ve had a good stream of donations come in to support the Brooklyn Street Skate Spot, a few for Powell and a $1000 donation toward the Fernhill project. Thanks everyone! These are all grass roots efforts. Thanks to the success of the Brooklyn Street project, the Powell site scheduled to become the first community-led skatepark effort in cooperation with Parks and Rec.

Brooklyn Street Skate Spot matching grant

June 20th, 2012

brooklynfundsmallDaddies Board Shop will double your donation to Brooklyn Street Skate Spot. Drop by the shop and donate a few bucks.

Portland Skatepark Plan – Powell Park Meeting

March 16th, 2012

It would be great for Powell Park neighborhood skaters to attend this meeting and provide positive input and serve as ambassadors to the community. We may have new neighbors to the site since the last series of skatepark meetings several years ago so it would be useful to make a good impression, but the event is not to show support for the project since it will happen no matter what, it’s mainly a forum for those who are not familiar with the project to voice their concerns.

Portland Parks and Recreation is hosting an open house for a skatespot in Powell Park on Thursday, April 5 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Cleveland High School Library (3400 SE 26th Ave). The open house will provide information on the project, proposed timeline, fundraising goals, and give the community a chance to make their interest, support, ideas, and concerns heard.

Background information:
In 2005, the Portland City Council directed Portland Parks & Recreation to create a comprehensive citywide skatepark system. In 2008, the Skatepark System Plan, a culmination of more than 18 months of work, 35 public meetings, and an analysis of more than 350 publically and privately-owned potential sites, was created.

Recommended sites included:
â–ª 13 Skatespots
â–ª 5 District Skateparks
â–ª 1 Regional Skatepark

Powell Park was identified as a location for a skatespot. We are inviting the public to hear more about the project timeline and a unique public/private partnership that will allow us to take steps toward implementing our Skatepark System Plan.

For more information call 503-823-5113.

Donate to skateboarding 2011

December 22nd, 2011

Hey one-percenters! If you need to donate some money before the end of the year, consider giving it to one of these fine organizations supporting skateboarders by promoting skateparks and skateboarding. Follow the links below and click on their donate button. You can give the government everything you owe, or you can direct a portion of what you owe to your favorite skate advocacy organization and reap the tax benefits. You might also check if your employer has a gift matching program.

Skaters for Portland Skateparks advocates for free public skateparks in Portland, Oregon. The folks who brought you Pier Park skatepark and Portland’s 19 skatepark plan.

Tony Hawk Foundation supports recreational programs with a focus on the creation of public skateboard parks in low-income communities through special events, grants, and technical assistance.

Burnside Skatepark is registered as a 501C3 nonprofit organization. Help out the grandaddy of DIY skateparks click the donate button.

Benton County Skateboarding Alliance partnering with all levels of the community and governmental agencies to provide safe, clean and respectful environments for skateboarding in Benton County (Corvallis), Oregon.

Grind for Life provides financial assistance to cancer patients and their families when traveling long distances to doctors and hospitals. In addition, they educate and inspire these patients and families concerning cancer survival and recovery.

Skatistan is a co-educational skateboarding school in Afghanistan engaging urban and internally-displaced youth in Afghanistan through skateboarding, and provides them with new opportunities in cross-cultural interaction, education, and personal empowerment programs.

Skaters for Public Skateparks provides a forum for sharing techniques, materials, data, and principles to advocates for public skateparks.

Marginal Way Skatepark is a skater-built skatepark project in Seattle Washington.

Above Coping is dedicated to providing support and new experiences for youth skateboarders with chronic health conditions; inspiring them to thrive, not just survive.

Board Rescue Provides skateboards and safety equipment to organizations working with underprivileged and/or at-risk youth.

The mission of The Ian Tilmann Foundation is prevention of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) with a focus on Skateboarding. Provides helmets to skaters.