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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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Opening Day t-shirt reissues

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

Pier Park and Glenhaven skatepark Ts

We have reissued the sold out Pier Park and Glenhaven Opening Day t-shirts through Skate Portland on CafePress. They’ll cost you a little more because they cost us more and you’ll have to pay shipping but if you want one in one of our sold out sizes, that’s the only place to get them.

We still have some women’s and kids sizes of the original Pier Park shirts in our web store.

SOLV-IT Pier Park Pickup day

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

SOLV-IT Pier Park Pickup 2007 Clean pipe
SOLV-IT Pier Park Pickup 2007 before and after
SOLV-IT Pier Park Pickup 2007
SOLV-IT Pier Park Pickup 2007

SOLV-IT cleanup day was today and several volunteers turned out to clean up the Pier Park Skatepark. Folks picked up trash and worked on graffiti removal and coverup. It was four and a half hours of hard work coordinated by The Friends of Pier Park and supported by Portland Parks and Recreation. Thanks for your hard work everyone. The park looks great. It’s nice to be able to ride without the distraction of really dumb graffiti.

Photos by Rich Burton and Kathleen and Mark Conahan

Glenhaven opens Friday! Pier Park Cleanup Saturday!

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

Meer - Glenhaven

Jay Meer is creating a sign for the Glenhaven Skatepark. Opening ceremonies Friday at 3:00 p.m.

And while you’re here. Saturday, April 28th is the Pier Park cleanup. Come out and help us cleanup and remove graffiti from 9:00 – 1:00. Barbecue afterward.

If you sign up for the Pier Park Pickup, they will have bottled water and a Power Bar there for you.

REGISTER HERE. Click the Volunteer link and look for Pier Park Pickup in the list.

Pier Park Pickup – April 28

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

Pier graf

Maybe you can apply this toward your community service hours or at least your karmic debt.

Following up Earth Day, on April 28 SOLV (Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism) will be doing things like graffiti abatement and litter pickup.

Friends of Pier Park is coordinating the event. They want us to sign up at the SOLV website. They will be able to use anyone who shows up but SOLV will provide water and Clif bars based on how many people sign up at the website.

I will be leading two efforts, skatepark graffiti removal and litter pickup around the skatepark and along the road boundary behind the skatepark. You can sign up and then help with those specific tasks. Then show up at the covered picnic area and they will send you off with Mark Conahan. The event lasts from 9:00 to 1:00 and will be followed by a barbecue.

register here. Click the Volunteer link and look for Pier Park Pickup in the list.

It should be very satisfying to clean up the graffiti. Parks and Rec will provide the supplies we need although you might want to bring gloves. It would also be great for skaters to turn out in force for this effort. We’ll show those disc golfers a thing or two about public spirit. I will post about this again when it gets closer. Sign up now and put it on your calendar.

Mt. Tabor Skateboard Club supports the effort.

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

Mt Tabor Skateboard Club meets with Mayor Tom Potter

On October 13th selected members of the Mt. Tabor Skateboarding Club traveled to city hall to meet Mayor Tom Potter and help open the Portland City Council meeting. Mt. Tabor skaters were invited to city hall to help celebrate the grand opening of Portland’s first official public skatepark. Students selected to attend the field trip all wrote essays expressing what makes skateboarding a positive activity, and why the City of Portland should continue to invest in public skateparks.

The council was impressed and confirmed their commitment to the skatepark system. Thanks!

The Mount Tabor Skateboarding Club is an activity offered through Portland Parks and Recreation’s Sun Community School with support from the Portland Parks Foundation.

The Mt. Tabor Skateboarding Club started in the fall of 2003. A group of skateboarders from the school approached ESL teacher Ben Wixon with the idea of having a club that promoted skateboarding in a positive way while providing opportunities to skateboard for kids at the school. The club is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders attending Mt. Tabor Middle School. The skateboarding club has weekly trips to the Department of Skateboarding Skatepark, where students receive a discounted rate to skateboard, as well as transportation, supervision, and instruction from club sponsor Ben Wixon and other community school instructors and volunteers. In addition to weekly trips to the indoor skatepark, club members are able to attend reward trips for good behavior and good grades to places like Mt. Hood and various public skateparks in the Portland area. In order to participate in club activities students are expected to maintain good grades and stay out of trouble at school. In the past skateboarders have been required to sign up for Homework Club and receive tutoring if not making adequate progress in their classes. The club averages 30 members a year and is one of the most popular clubs and activities offered at the middle school.

Pier Park Opening Day – October 14, 2006

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006

Directions: Take N. Lombard Street North out of downtown St. Johns to N Bruce Avenue. Pier Park Skatepark entrance is on N Bruce Avenue at N Hudson Street. Portland, Oregon.

Opening Day aerial view
Ribbon cuttingCrowd around the big bowl
checking out the pipe actionSage Bolyard showing off his name on the plaque

Opening day was great. The culmination of five years of effort by Skaters for Portland Skateparks. The weather cooperated and 500-1000 people came to check out the official opening of the new skatepark by Commissioner Salzman and Commissioner Adams Opening Day festivities were sponsored by Nike Skateboarding. Thanks to everyone who made it possible.

The park still draws 50-75 skaters at a time on a dry day.

Photos by Jim Appleton