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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

Have an idea for a Skatepark?


It will be 2011 at least before we see another parks levy on the ballot. Subject to passage of the levy at that point we may see additional building considered. Meanwhile, we can organize and fundraise at a grassroots level and there is no reason not to think about what to build. Send us your ideas and we’ll post them for discussion. Consult the 19 skatepark page to see what size park is proposed for the site you are interested in. If you hold your pointer over a picture of the park, text will pop up with the proposed skatespot size.

People have started to express interest in various sites of Portland’s proposed 19 skatepark network. In particular, neighbors have started to advocate for the Woodstock, Kenton and Fernhill sites. See a concept from Tyler for the Lents Park site after the turn. Constructive criticism encouraged.

Lents Park proposal from Tyler.


55′ x 40′ is just a rough estimate for as small as you may want to go, so about 2,200sq’. I like a design akin to a ditch or reservoir like Derby or SkaterCross skatepark! The blue areas represent a bioswale or drainage feature, and then there are trees around the perimeter and possibly some street elements as well. I referenced the planter island in this years Maloof money cup competition, I figured there could be a small roll out deck and have the inner core of the island also be a sort of bioswale possibly with some plants (flowers, palm trees, shrubbery)? And also the bridge to gain speed across into either the reservoir or the berm. I think it would be great to have some actual cone shaped parking blocks along there for grinding or sliding to give it a more realistic feeling of skating a ditch.

Thanks Tyler!

3 Responses to “Have an idea for a Skatepark?”

  1. KHOMIKH1 Says:

    Inclement weather problem solved via 2 story skate park – A two story skateboard park could provide shelter during inclement weather easily! It would save space and could provide for both street and transition skaters, a roofed 4 story park would do so twice over! Residential structures make use of height to save space – I believe 19 skate parks would be awesome, but I would also like to see innovation as well as quantity. Since Portland is the forerunner and pioneer of many things, why not reinvent the skate park?? – I am going to send a copy of this paragraph to the skateboard park developers as well as leaving this here for discussion. =)

  2. Support Fernhill Park Skatepark « Earth Patrol Says:

    […] folks stoked about making the Fernhill Park Skatepark a reality. It’s time to build the next wave of parks as part of our 19 park system and there’s nothing like the present to start a dialog. So with […]

  3. Fernhill Local Says:

    What’s the status of plans for a skatepark in Fernhill? How can I help, get involved. Would love to see it happen!

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