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.
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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 Portlandâ€™s Parks & Recreation bureau for a landscape architecture position with Metro, Portlandâ€™s regional government. Heâ€™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 Portlandâ€™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, Rodâ€™s departure marks the end of an era.
It would only be fair to acknowledge skatersâ€™ 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 didnâ€™t always share skatersâ€™ 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 canâ€™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 Rodâ€™s successor. For now though, cheers to Rod for having our backs over the years. Portlandâ€™s skatepark system enjoys a momentum skaters in every other city would kill for. It wouldnâ€™t be happening without Rod Wojtanik.
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, thatâ€™s the only place to get them.
We still have some womenâ€™s and kids sizes of the original Pier Park shirts in our web store.
2 of 19 â€“ The event was scheduled for after school but apparently some kids had been waiting outside the fence for hours.
Mayor Tom Potter, Commissioner Dan Saltzman and Commissioner Sam Adams were on hand to celebrate the opening of the Glenhaven Skatepark. The skateboarders of Portland are fortunate to have such a supportive city council.
It was mayhem in the street section with everyone trying to figure the place out.
The Glenhaven Peanut bowl. 8.5 foot deep end, 3.5 shallow, pool coping, steps, perfect.
The brick bank simulation is a great textural addition to the ride.
Thanks to Rich Burton and Earth Patrol Media for the photos of the event.
I did a commemorative design for Glenhaven Skatepark opening day. Super limited-edition Took me forever to get it done â€“ so weâ€™re scrambling here and only making two-dozen large and a dozen medium tees. Iâ€™ll have them at the event tomorrow. In my basement I still have boxes of stuff from Pier Park Opening Day.
Jay Meer is creating a sign for the Glenhaven Skatepark. Opening ceremonies Friday at 3:00 p.m.
And while youâ€™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.
8.5 foot deep peanut bowl â€“ pool coping, stairs in the 4 foot deep shallow end.
Sculpted corner ledge meets extension.
Extension wall and main stair complex.
Brick texture stamped and dyed concrete bank.
Another view of the peanut and the wiggly bench.
Friday, April 27, 3pm!
Word has it this is a â€œsoft opening.â€ Parks may do an official grand opening in August when the Vans team is here for the Dew event. Apparently Parks used the $20,000 donation they got from Vans for Glenhaven.
Actual bricks are out because of expense. Costs have also skyrocketed on dyeing the concrete. But Dreamland did do a test on stamping a brick texture into the concrete of the banks. Word is it skated all right. This was a rough test and itâ€™s a little well, rough. Finishing would be better if they go with it. What do you think? Would you prefer the fastest, smoothest surface possible or some simulation of brick banks or some combination? At lower right is the stamp used to texture the concrete.