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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.

Board of Directors:
Mark Conahan, Treasurer
Tom Miller, Chair
Sarah Burgess, Vice-Chair

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Pier Park Skatepark Anniversary

Friday, October 27th, 2017

Pier Park Skatepark 2006 and 2017

The redeveloped Pier Park skatepark opened October 14, 2006. Opening Day was cloudy threatening rain but turnout was amazing. This year the weather was fine for the anniversary. A good day for skateboarding.

Pier Park and Glenhaven Skatepark Ts

Wednesday, 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.

Pier Park graffiti coverup

Monday, April 26th, 2010

pier park graffiti coverup

Some pics from the Pier Park Pickup over at Antigravity Press.

Volunteer opportunity

Friday, April 16th, 2010


Be a good neighbor and come help out for a couple of hours at the Pier Park Pickup SOLV event tomorrow from 9am – 1 pm. We’ll be doing trash pickup and graffiti coverup at the skatepark. Breakfast treats from Tulip Pastry Shop and hot coffee from Starbucks. It should be a nice morning to hang out at the park anyway.

Pier Park Pickup

Monday, April 13th, 2009

SOLV Pier Park Pickup april 18th

Time for the annual SOLV Pier Park Pickup. 9:00 AM-1:00 PM, This Saturday, April 18, 2009

North Lombard St. and Bruce Ave. (From Lombard turn down Bruce Street and go to where it ends at the corner of Bruce and North James St.)

SOLV Meeting Location: Meet by the turn-around at the beginning of the disc golf course. You can also meet us at the skatepark.

Pier Park skatepark cleanup – April 19, 2008

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Pier Park skatepark

Okay, I volunteered for the Pier Park skatepark cleanup again. Last year we did graffiti abatement and trash pickup around the park. It’s a four hour gig and your high-schooler can get community service credit if they need it. You can sign up at their website. Last year they had lunch for us and they need to know how many people are planning to show up.

Pier Park anniversary session

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007


The weather was great for the Pier Park Anniversary session ten days ago. A good turnout, t-shirt giveaway and pipe-pasting contest made for good times. Check out the coverage on Earth Patrol Media and Skate and Annoy.

Photo by Rich Burton

Pier Park is one year old

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

Pier birthday

One day it’s just a hole in the ground and before you know it it’s walking and talking. Hard to believe isn’t it? Weather looks good this weekend. Nothing official, although we have a couple of decks and some tshirts we might be persuaded to part with. Come grind with us.

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.

Pier Park Pinup

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

PM contents

August 2007 Best of the City ’07 issue of Portland Monthly has a couple of nice shots of Pier Park skatepark in case you wanted a pinup of duelling inverts by MC and Steve Grover. Should hit the newsstands any day now.