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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

Mt. Tabor Skateboard Club supports the effort.

Mt Tabor Skateboard Club meets with Mayor Tom Potter

On October 13th selected members of the Mt. Tabor Skateboarding Club traveled to city hall to meet Mayor Tom Potter and help open the Portland City Council meeting. Mt. Tabor skaters were invited to city hall to help celebrate the grand opening of Portland’s first official public skatepark. Students selected to attend the field trip all wrote essays expressing what makes skateboarding a positive activity, and why the City of Portland should continue to invest in public skateparks.

The council was impressed and confirmed their commitment to the skatepark system. Thanks!

The Mount Tabor Skateboarding Club is an activity offered through Portland Parks and Recreation’s Sun Community School with support from the Portland Parks Foundation.

The Mt. Tabor Skateboarding Club started in the fall of 2003. A group of skateboarders from the school approached ESL teacher Ben Wixon with the idea of having a club that promoted skateboarding in a positive way while providing opportunities to skateboard for kids at the school. The club is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders attending Mt. Tabor Middle School. The skateboarding club has weekly trips to the Department of Skateboarding Skatepark, where students receive a discounted rate to skateboard, as well as transportation, supervision, and instruction from club sponsor Ben Wixon and other community school instructors and volunteers. In addition to weekly trips to the indoor skatepark, club members are able to attend reward trips for good behavior and good grades to places like Mt. Hood and various public skateparks in the Portland area. In order to participate in club activities students are expected to maintain good grades and stay out of trouble at school. In the past skateboarders have been required to sign up for Homework Club and receive tutoring if not making adequate progress in their classes. The club averages 30 members a year and is one of the most popular clubs and activities offered at the middle school.

9 Responses to “Mt. Tabor Skateboard Club supports the effort.”

  1. Mike Estes Says:

    Ben Wixon is my hero! Yeah Ben!

  2. TM Says:

    Who’s that kook on the far right?

    Just kidding, Wixon…

  3. Smay1O Says:

    This is the first time ‘ve ever heard of this school club, SWEET!!!!!
    Tell the kids they get 10% and above off all purchases at Rebel Skates.
    1025 SE sandy blvd. Monday thru Sat 11 to 4pm.
    Bring your student body card/School ID.

  4. Auto Loan Says:

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  5. Davmac Says:

    Best wishes to Mt Tabor Skateboard Club. It’s encouraging to see a community involvement as opposed to old dudes condemnation because we do somethingb they didn’t do. My experience of skateboarding is that we have a high ratio of decent people and a small ration of not so decent people – Just like any other ogranization.

    Keep up the gr8 work Mt. Tabor.


  6. Charlotte Clifford-Scheer Says:

    I was one of the first members of the Mt. Tabor skate club. And I’m soo happy that Mr. Wixon started it. It was awesome to be able to get to skate. I think that more schools should have clubs like this.

  7. sammy Says:

    i have heard and seen so much of skateboarding and i feel it’s a perfect sport and exercise. it is also a good way of improving body co-ordination. most especially it is a safe way of engaging restive youths. the problem is that in my country Nigerian this sport has not been fully established . we have one of the most beautiful weather in the world SUMMER ALL YEAR ROUND.
    i am seeking a correspondence with u on ways of establishing this world renowned sport in my country NIGERIA. I STRONGLY BELIVE THAT this sport would add to the joy of so many youths in Nigeria. i would appreciate it if u can provide me with the logistics and necessary info on establishing a standardised ramp and training camp but most esepically it would be appreciated if u can hold a mini african scateboard worldcup in Nigeria.
    whatever it is PLEASE REPLY ME.
    thanks, sammy.

  8. Craig Says:

    Wixon, Keep up the good work! Come check out the new parks here in Phoenix when you can.

  9. momo Says:

    i think his name is emmet but i’m not sure

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