Volunteers trying to build skateparks in Portland » Skatepark designs

Volunteers trying to build skateparks in Portland

Cover Pier

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

Archive for the ‘Skatepark designs’ Category

FYI – Successful skatepark proposals

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

Glenhaven Gabriel and Ed Benedict skatepark designs

Here are the winning proposals for Portland’s last three skatepark contracts, Dreamland’s Glenhaven (2.31MB), Airspeed’s Gabriel (522K partial) and NewLine/California Skateparks’ Ed Benedict. (2.45MB)

Donate to Lincoln City Skatepark

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

Donate to Lincoln City Skatepark4

Lincoln City was the skatepark Dreamland Skateparks was created to build. Thrasher Magazine called it the gnarliest skatepark in America and that was before phase II and III. Dreamland has donated a lot of time and materials over the years and the locals have put in a lot of labor. They’re working on phase four – a snake run that runs from the upper park down the hill ending in a big Klamath Falls-style catcher’s mitt bowl just above the amoeba pool replica. It’s going to be amazing. Funds are running low for the project and here’s a chance to help. We’ve set up a benefit fund. Click the donate to Lincoln City Skatepark graphic at left and make a tax-deductible donation through PayPal.

More images on Skate and Annoy and Earth Patrol Media.

Ed Benedict design

Thursday, November 15th, 2007


New Line Skateparks presented a design for the Ed Benedict Skate Plaza tonight. Pretty exciting stuff. Click on the images to see them larger. The design features a series of interconnecting paths with a variety of stair, ramp, ledge and gap features with some transition features at the ends including a 60 foot long snaking miniramp. The design is still in it’s early stages and there are details to work out. New Line is open to addtional input. You can also comment on the plaza design on Portland Parks website until 11/30/07. They will pass your comments on to NewLine.


The design is large, the plaza area is 14,000 square feet, with about 3000 square feet of entry/transition elements on each end. This is much larger than the contract originally called for but makes good practical use of the available space and includes green stormwater management features and improvements to the site that will make the park an attractive addition to the neighborhood. It looks like it would also exceed budget for the project which might necessitate either a phased approach or additional funds.

The big black pucks are just placeholders for the Percent for Art component which could be anywhere in the park. Skater Dan Garland has been awarded the commission and showed concepts for skateable art at the meeting.

New Line will consider feedback on the plan and generate a final design which will be considered by California Skateparks who will construct the park and return with a cost estimate.

It would be really great if funds could be found to fully realize this park in a single throw.

Ed Benedict meeting notes

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

NewLine Ed Benedict concept
A concept sketch from the original proposal. Click to see it larger with inspiration images.

Kyle Dion from New Line Skateparks also sent these notes along.

Here’s a quick summary of the meeting and what’s happening next from our end. Overall I think the public meeting went very well. There was great attendance and some very healthy discussion regarding this park. I believe that there was an overall consensus of the design direction moving forward. Based on the feedback here is a quick summary of the direction we’ll be heading:

  • Due to the natural characteristics of the site the street skating obstacles will be mostly focused on flat ground style obstacles (manual pads, benches, small bank to bench, flat gaps, skateable art, etc) as opposed to stairs and drops. We may try to integrate a minor grade change with a small stair set (3-4 stairs max) if it can happen naturally.
  • The transition elements will likely come in the form of tight tranny planters or art walls in the plaza area as well as some type of pathway connecting to a ‘big o’ style mini ramp/planter on the tight end of the site. It was expressed that everything at this site should appear to fit in and feel natural and not seem ‘forced’. We will do our best to make sure that the transition features mesh well with the overall skate experience and aesthetics of the spot.
  • There was considerable discussion regarding the ‘green’ drainage system and how that could enhance the overall aesthetics and the skat experience. Rod gave us a great tour with some samplings of other green streets initiatives in the city and this gave us lots of good ideas. We look forward to developing what could be among the first ‘green’ skate spots in the world.

The meeting was good and Kyle and Mark Van der Zahn were very articulate and engaging. We’re in good hands.

Ed Benedict meeting scheduled for September 13th

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

flintstone plaza

PP&R has finalized the public design meeting schedule for the Ed Benedict
Skate Plaza project.
Ed Benedict Park Public Open House/Workshop Meetings to review design ideas and provide input into Portland’s first skate plaza.

Early Boyles Elementary School Cafeteria (10822 SE Bush St.; 1 block south of SE Powell Blvd.)

First Meeting is September 13th; Second Meeting is November 15th.

Both meetings are from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

image from animation archive

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.

Airspeed concept for Gabriel Park

Friday, May 25th, 2007

Airspeed Gabriel Park Skatepark concept

I have been trying for a couple of weeks to get Parks to let me have a look at Airspeed’s winning concept for Gabriel Park and there it is on the Airspeed website.

Thanks to Randy Gawlik for the tip.

Battle Ground Forging an Extreme Future.

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

Thursday, February 08, 2007
By JOSE PAUL CORONA Columbian staff writer

BATTLE GROUND – Outdoor sports activities will fuel economic development in the city and will help turn it into a Clark County destination, Mayor John Idsinga said during his State of the City speech Wednesday night.

Idsinga discussed the various projects that will attract outdoor enthusiasts as images of people hiking, running and skateboarding were projected on a large screen.

“We are still the city of focus,” Idsinga said as he began his speech. His theme: “Forging an Extreme Future.”

Residential growth may have slowed, but Battle Ground continues to be the county’s second largest city. Mixed use and other types of development are adding to the city’s profile, he said.

The city’s skatepark, under construction, and the planned Battle Ground Sports Complex will benefit city and county residents, he said.

The 25,000-square-foot skate park will have a variety of features and will accommodate skateboarders of all levels.

The city’s sports complex will feature six baseball fields for children and adults as well as other amenities. Sixty acres of land will be preserved and developed. That area will feature a system of walking trails and interpretive stations that everyone in Clark County can enjoy, Idsinga said. Ground is set to be broken sometime later this year, he added.

A anticipated 86,000-square-foot indoor motocross building could be another facility that will benefit city and county residents, Idsinga said.

And thanks to numerous volunteers, the city’s planned 13,000-square-foot library is 80 percent funded, he said to loud applause.

The library will only add to the community’s potential. Construction will begin later this year, he said.

Idsinga’s speech came on a night when Battle Ground learned it had passed a three-year school levy.

“Our schools and our children are the foundation to our success,” he said to applause.

“This community is based on volunteerism,” Idsinga said shortly before wrapping up his 30-minute speech.

As he prepared to leave the lectern, the composed and upbeat mayor asked his wife how long he talked. “Thirty minutes,” she said.

“I’m glad that’s over,” he said with a laugh.

While he read from a prepared speech, he admitted to tinkering with it all day long.

Idsinga said he couldn’t help it.

It’s huge for a mayor to be acknowledging skateboarding as part of his administration’s commitment to future community success. This is the most visionary and impressive comment we’ve heard from an elected official to date. – SPS

Street skaters can comment too.

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

Wow, a bunch of new comments to the Skatepark Poll. Lots of folks looking for legal ledges to skate. The more skaters willing to get involved in building places for us to skate, the better.

Thanks for the skatepark design comments

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

Somehow they were in limbo and I just approved a bunch of them. I wondered why no one had anything to say about skatepark design. Keep ’em coming. Use the SKATEPARK POLL link in the menu.