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Skaters for Portland Skateparks mission is to create a comprehensive system of world-class public skateparks in Portland, Oregon.

Our vision is to make skateboarding safe and freely accessible to every skateboarder every day for everybody’s benefit.

Skaters for Portland Skateparks is a non-profit corporation, tax exempt pursuant to 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.

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Sarah Burgess, Vice-Chair

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Have an idea for a Skatepark?

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010


It will be 2011 at least before we see another parks levy on the ballot. Subject to passage of the levy at that point we may see additional building considered. Meanwhile, we can organize and fundraise at a grassroots level and there is no reason not to think about what to build. Send us your ideas and we’ll post them for discussion. Consult the 19 skatepark page to see what size park is proposed for the site you are interested in. If you hold your pointer over a picture of the park, text will pop up with the proposed skatespot size.

People have started to express interest in various sites of Portland’s proposed 19 skatepark network. In particular, neighbors have started to advocate for the Woodstock, Kenton and Fernhill sites. See a concept from Tyler for the Lents Park site after the turn. Constructive criticism encouraged.


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.

Holly Farm by the Numbers

Saturday, August 4th, 2007

Holly Farm opening day

Here is how the new Holly Farm Skatespot costed out:

  • 2,800 square feet
  • Dreamland Contract = $49,900
  • Dreamland Donation = $11,600
  • Portland Parks Foundation Provided Concrete = $13,000
  • Park Contractor provided rough excavation and set drainlines
  • Approximately $28.50 sf, does not include PP&R staff time and permits

By way of contrast 11,500 Pier Park and Glenhaven were each in the $350K range.

3 of 19 – Holly Farm Opens!

Saturday, July 28th, 2007

Holly-Farm-RodsmRod Wojtanik, the skateboarder’s friend over at Parks sends this opening day photo of the new little Dreamland bowl at Holly Farm Park. Click the picture to see it larger. Super fun little bowl with spine, loveseat and brick bank channel around the outside, this is our first skatespot sized park. The new park was funded by the Portland Parks Foundation and is located at SW Capitol Hwy and SW Comus Street. here.

Take it easy on the brick coping for a week to let the grout cure. Oh and let’s let the kids have some rides okay guys?

Holly Farm Progress 7-20-07

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

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Dreamland’s Holly Farm is getting close. Dedication ceremony for the park is September 15 but it looks like the skatepark will be done long before that. Click for a bigger image of the overview above.

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Holly Farm – skatepark 3 of 19

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

Holly Farm overview
First of the neighborhood skate spots is Holly Farm.

Holly Farm arch
Dreamland is in progress on this little gem.

Holly Farm view across
It’s small but it looks like it’s going to be super fun.