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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:
Colin Sharp
Bryce Kanights
Mark Conahan

Ed Benedict open at last!

Ed Benedict skatepark bioswale gap

Five down, fourteen to go. Portland’s Ed Benedict skate plaza opened to the public last weekend with little fanfare but a lot of enthusiasm. Designed by Newline Skateparks and built by California Skateparks the plaza-style park features a variety of bank, ledge and gap terrain and a miniramp-style section at one of the entrances. Dan Garland designed several skateable art obstacles under the concept Tread Lightly. The design also includes stormwater treatment features incorporated as gaps.

The facility is located at Ed Benedict Park in SE Portland at about 109th and SE Powell Blvd.

Thanks to Rich Burton of Earth Patrol Media for the photo.

7 Responses to “Ed Benedict open at last!”

  1. curtis bmx Says:


    call everyone you know to let them know about it.

    Repost this also

  2. Rufus Random Says:

    This park is sick. Everyone go check it out so Glenhaven will be empty. Teeheheheee

  3. no BMX Says:

    Dude your crazy! No BMX!!!! You Will destroy this beautiful park! NO BMX.. Take it to DIrt!

  4. Willamette Week | Monday, May 11th, 2009 Says:

    […] The first “sustainable” skate plaza unofficially opened to the public back in February, as the skate obsessed already know, and features urban skate elements that include public sculpture and vegetated obstacles over 6,000 […]

  5. Amanda Weldon Says:

    Hi! I work for the national nonprofit, Tread Lightly!. We promote responsible recreation through ethics education and stewardship. We would love to talk with the designer, Dan Garland, about the Tread Lightly concept he has used in the skate park. Is there anyway you can put me in contact with him? I would greatly appreciate it!
    Thank you!
    Amanda Weldon
    Marketing and Communications Specialist
    Tread Lightly!

  6. Jason Ryan Says:

    Take your hate and discrimination somewhere else, nobmx. You have no facts to back up your highly biased opinion. Check out my article, “Exposition of the ‘Bikes Damage Skateparks Myth'” for an in-depth examination of this “issue” at http://www.psychicflyingmonkey.com/3BC%20page%20folder/exposition-of-bikes-damage-skateparks-myth.htm

    And if these bmx riders did raise half the funds, are you really going to try to freeload on their backs, something skaters have complained about bike riders doing at Burnside and many other skater-built parks? So hypocritical….

  7. BMX 4 LIFE Says:

    As a tax payer i find it unfair I pay taxes to build skateparks so i can use them but when it is done i cant even ride it cuz no bikes are allowed it really pisses me off bikes should be allowed at all the parks and HEY skater u do no they make plastic pegs now so we wont damage your poor lil ledges so eaze up bikes no more ruins the park anymore then skaters do with plastic pegs. let alone we build these skate parks to occupy skaters and bikes so since they satisfied skaters what do bikes do go grind ledges at businesses and local community parks and have everything and get in trouble and look like the bad people or become an eyesore cuz we have no where we can go. i use to skate until i wanted more of a challenge, but it seems that most the challenge is find a damn skate park i can ride i want a bmx park that no skaters are allowed its crap they cant share but every park for us we share skaters need to grow up and learn a lil equality. and hence ur so worried about ur ledges beside plastic pegs u can try using coping on the ledge there done deal no more damaged ledges…….. try thinking outside the box for once……..lol didnt wanna punctuate so plz forgive my typing.

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