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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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Mark Conahan, Treasurer
Tom Miller, Chair
Sarah Burgess, Vice-Chair

Archive for March, 2007

Glenhaven Opening Day set!

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

Friday, April 27, 3pm!

Word has it this is a “soft opening.” 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.

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.

Glenhaven progress 3-8-07

Saturday, March 10th, 2007

Dreamland poured a section of the dyed and stamped brick texture. That street area is looking really fun.

Here’s an overview taken from the bottom of the street area. Click image to enlarge

More photos from the shoot at skate and annoy and antigravity press.

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