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Gabriel Park open

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Gabriel Park Skatepark Portland, OR

This news is a couple of weeks old but the fourth of our planned 19 Portland Skateparks has opened. Gabriel Park Follows Pier Park, Glenhaven and Holly Farm. Skaters are loving the modified snake-run design by Airspeed. It’s a good addition to the mix of terrain available in Portland. Still looking for a covered skatepark and a plaza design, oh, and a ditch simulation, roman style pool, left and right kidneys, big vert ramp….

More coverage on Skate and Annoy and Earth Patrol Media.


Gabriel Park nears completion

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

Gabriel Park Skatepark almost complete

Airspeed gave us a preview of the Gabriel Park skatepark today. Its super fun and sure to be popular. Opening is slated for July. Click to see it bigger


Gabriel Park progress photos at EPM

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

photo by Earth Patrol Media

Rich over at Earth Patrol Media has posted recent photos of the Airpeed Skateparks at work on the Gabriel Park snakerun. Getting close!

Gabriel Park progressing

Friday, May 16th, 2008

photo by Rich Burton

Earth Patrol has some pics of the progress on Airspeed’s Gabriel Park skatepark. Looking good and the pour seems to be moving right along. Yeah!

Meanwhile word is that Ed Benedict has been delayed as additional funds are sought to expand the original budget so they can build a bigger park.. Parks hopes to break ground in June.

Gabriel Park gets underway

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

Airspeed-Gabriel Park excavation 080323

Gabriel Park skatepark construction is underway! Does anyone need about 1000 cu. yd. of clay soil? They need to move it. Okay, this is just a picture of a lot of mud, but in the background you can see that the massive, lighted, freestyle-complex has been completed. We’re not sure why they put those nets there though.

Portland skatepark update

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

Here’s an update from February 26th on Portland’s next two skateparks:

Gabriel had its Development Permit submitted on January 17th and it should have be approved by now. Airspeed will start digging around in Gabriel Park next week!

Ed Benedict’s Development Permit is slated to be submitted in early March and Parks thinks that should have that approved by the end of April. Its sounding like New Line/California Skateparks will be able to develop a much larger sq. footage than the original 8500, although the final size is still being negotiated. They are confident that all the “transitional” elements that were in the final design concept presented to the public will be included in the final design.

So we might have two more skateparks by the end of summer.

End of an Era: Rod Wojtanik Moves on

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

Rod skateparks

Rod Wojtanik, one of the most influential voices in Pacific Northwest skateboarding, is packing his bags for a new professional opportunity and leaving behind skatepark development. Rod recently announced his pending departure from the City of Portland’s Parks & Recreation bureau for a landscape architecture position with Metro, Portland’s regional government. He’ll begin in September.

Bureaucrats come and go in government, but Rod occupied a unique position. In addition to more traditional planning and landscape design project responsibilities, Rod oversaw development of Portland’s groundbreaking skatepark program. Portland, you probably know, has three new skate projects open to the public, two more awaiting execution, and 14 more sited and planned for development. No city on earth has done what Portland is doing, and Rod steered the system from its inception to its current status. For skateboarders, Rod’s departure marks the end of an era.

It would only be fair to acknowledge skaters’ relationship with Rod through the years has had its share of ups and downs. Advocacy requires vigilance to achieve desired goals, and sometimes that means rejecting the bureaucratic status quo. Rod didn’t always share skaters’ views or strategies, but he learned a lot about skateboarding in a hurry and always worked to see skaters get the same respect every other recreational interest group enjoys. We presented the facts, and he helped broadcast them.

Rod knows more about skateboarding and its subculture than any non-skater we know. We owe him a debt of gratitude for making the effort to translate our needs into a language the mainstream machine understands. The reality is successful advocacy is a two-way street: you can’t expect people to support your needs if you are unwilling or unable to express them in a way people understand. Rod often served as our translator.

With successful parks in the ground, skateboarding is no longer the neighborhood bogeyman, the convenient surrogate for fear of change. In this new era SPS looks forward to developing an even more collaborative relationship with Rod’s successor. For now though, cheers to Rod for having our backs over the years. Portland’s skatepark system enjoys a momentum skaters in every other city would kill for. It wouldn’t be happening without Rod Wojtanik.

Gabriel Park latest design

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

Gabriel3 overview

Here’s the latest iteration of the Gabriel Park skatepark design from AirSpeed Skateparks. Comments? Remember they’ve been asked to build a snake run for this one.

Gabriel Park skatepark design 3 overview

Airspeed Drop-in – Florence, Oregon July 28

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

Gabriel Park drop-in

From Skate and Annoy Imagine a session with a skatepark designer prior to building a new skatepark for the express purpose of telling (and showing) what you do and don’t like about skatepark terrain. Talk about direct feedback! Well, that’s what’s going on with Portland’s Gabriel Park.

Airspeed’s first “Drop In” for Gabriel Park is going down this Saturday July 28 at 5pm in Florence Oregon.

Gabriel Park dates – design meeting June 26

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

From the Portland Parks and Recreation website:

Review and comment on conceptual designs
Community Open House
Tuesday, June 26, 7:00-8:30pm
Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy

Review and comment on final design
Community Open House
Tuesday, July 31, 7:00-8:30pm
Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy

Begin construction
January 2008

Complete construction
August 2008

Sounds like Airspeed Skateparks will have a revised design at the first meeting and they will have a week to incorporate design input from the public and show a final design. If you have strong feelings about this park you should plan to attend these meetings. Remember, Parks asked for proposals for a transition park design for Gabriel and the next one at Ed Benedict will be a plaza-style park.