Volunteers trying to build skateparks in Portland » 19: PORTLAND’S SKATEPARK MASTER PLAN

Volunteers trying to build skateparks in Portland

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


Portland is, to our knowledge, the first city in the world to have a comprehensive master plan for skateboard park development. Passed by city council ordinance on August 3, 2005, the plan recommends 3 types of skateparks – 19 in total – 13 neighborhood skate spots, 5 district-wide skateparks, and one central city anchor park.

SPS conceived of and advocated for the plan to Portland Parks & Recreation. It was adopted by Parks’ skatepark advisory committee, carefully applied to existing park sites over a 24-month planning and public input period, and ultimately supported by Portland’s five elected officials, its city council. The idea for a skatepark master plan is based on the idea that skateboarders deserve an appropriate scope of safe, well-designed facilities just like any other recreational activity.

A map of Portland$8217;s proposed 19 skatepark system

Here are the 19 sites chosen by the Parks and Recreations skatepark siting study. Hold your cursor over the images to see the suggested square footage for each site. As of February 2009 Five skateparks have been completed and are open: Pier Park, Glenhaven, Holly Farm, Gabriel Park and Ed Benedict Park. Click on the images of the completed parks to go to a page about that park with a link to directions.


Kenton ParkPier ParkUniversity Park


Alberta ParkFernhill ParkGlenhaven Park
Parkrose High School


ODOT 405 sitesODOT Steel Bridge


Berrydale ParkBrentwood ParkEd Benedict
Lents ParkPowell ParkVentura Park
Westmoreland ParkWoodstock Park


Gabriel ParkHolly Farm Park


  1. trouble Says:

    you guys are so lucky, i live in a redneck town with no parks, not many side walks, and the township wants to chipseal a bunch of parking lots, skrew this town i’m coming up there for a while

  2. Spencer Crimin Says:

    Wanna see a magic trick? I call it “the crowd maker”…
    Find a flat open space, build 2 to 5 ledges, and throw in some trees and bushes.
    Make sure there’s a store or a taqueria near by, and there ya go…

  3. nick Says:

    dude…. wen is ed bennedict park open??? like they r almost done but i cant wait…. we need some street plazas!!! holly farm as such a waste except for the lil snake run but i think portland is more street…. ed bennedct is going to fu$%in rock

  4. juestin weesner Says:

    I would dpo anything if someone put a skate park at Berry dale!!! because there are a lot of skateboarders that live around Berry dale .
    And if the city put one askate park there it would be so much easyer for a lot of people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. T Reed Says:

    Yeah, quit bitchin’ portland. Why don’t you check out the Minneapolis master skate park plan, 3 parks, each the size of your bathroom.

  7. ismokechronic Says:

    the new addition to the tualitan hills park sucks, trannys are way too steep, the step up is impossible noone even hits it. ppl need to learn how to build parks its not all about features the park has to have a good flow to it or ppl just run into eachother its bullshit

  8. sk8 devilson Says:

    any word on what order they plan to build or secure funding for these 19 parks? is steel bridge next then, woodstock, etc…..whats determining the construction of these?

  9. daxbiatches Says:

    Who the truck says “enough tranny goddamnit” you live in the northwest kid… GO FAST!! “g-boy!

  10. billy coulon Says:

    Maybe lay off the chronic its hindering your judgement. Tualitan hills park (beaverton) so sick.

  11. Koepke Says:

    that’s it.
    i’m moving to Portland.

  12. Fredrick Zal Says:

    Congratulations to Grindline Skateparks Inc, DAO Architecture LLC, Lango Hansen Landscape Architecture PC, Kittelson & Associates Inc and Grummel Engineering LLC for winning the Steel Bridge Skatepark RFP!

  13. SKATE.Eug.OR Says:

    did they already start building powell park

  14. Martin Ellis Says:


    Is this some parallel universe?

    U guys got the best stuff there is – so jealous.

    Skatepark Master Plan – now that’s a plan.

  15. steezy Says:

    how about the parkrose one next?
    im down for sure

  16. larry Says:

    how about some actual transition in the parks so people can skate lines? NOT just a bunch of bowls. Quarter pipes and hips are what we need! DIVERSITY PLEASE

  17. zach Says:

    this whould be a HUGE favor. me and about thirty other kids live in a hillsboro/portland area called rock creek and its by a highschool called liberty. we neeed a skatepark bad! the closest one is tualitin or reedville its about a thirty minuite drive away from both. there are pretty crappy skate spots and the decent ones are full of security. rock creek has a tennis court, a soccer field, a golf course, a basketball court, and a football stadium but no skate park. me and all my friends are sick of these boring stupid spots and during the summer when we cant get a ride any where we have to skate to orenco max station (which is a bitch to do in the heat) so if you guys whould please just have a look into this. there is a couple perfect places to put one and we could all really use one

  18. mikeprom Says:

    they should make a skate park in Trenton park know one uses it

  19. Trevor Says:

    Guys portlands bmx scene is growing fast, me being one of the many bmxers in the portland area would really apprectiate a park dedicated to bmxers, cus ive seen many accidents with bikes and skateboards and i think the two shouldnt even be in the park at the same time, and i can tell all the skaters out there you arent going to get rid of bmxing and many of us will still come to a park that doesnt allow bikes. but this would also clear the bmx scene in many parks……and if you ask me this would be something good for both bmxers and skaters. isnt that what we ALL want is to have a fun good time just shreding the park learning new tricks and meating new people who ride or skate. i think we need a change , a big one

  20. Daniel C Says:

    Ferhill park would be sweet i want to get behind this.

  21. Jacob S-F Says:


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  23. rakata nasmrta Says:

    thets so stupid from his side doing it agean in front fleap so we can get it now ore later shown at the audience so stop it boy its not max station so u can get in

    P.S it needs time

  24. mark.conahan Says:

    Most of the skateparks in Portland are bikes allowed. Bike folks should organize and get a park or two built. It’s been done, Madras Oregon and Vancouver, Washington both had heavy advocacy from people who ride bikes.

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  26. Nick.ddd Says:

    Make it by ventura!! i live close to there. And make an all bike park!! pretty disappointed in edbenidict.

  27. Nick.ddd Says:

    Make the parks for biking to!!!!!!!!!!

  28. HHOO Says:

    ya, make the parks for biking not just skating

  29. Kelly Blum Says:


  30. Mike Says:

    Uh, your map doesn’t cover all of Portland. The city adopted a master plan for Parklane Park last year that includes a skate park. The park is off the eastern edge of the map you have here. We, Friends of Parklane Park, would love to build advocates for development of the skate park. This is a heavily residential area. A skate park would get great use.

  31. Sandra Says:

    BEWARE!! A ‘skate plaza’ was just built 30 yards from where I live. The noise is HELLISH. Do not do this in a residential neighborhood! You’ll only have to tear down the park.

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  33. master blaster Says:

    I would like to see lents park be the next skatepark to be built because I ride bmx and the Ed Benedict park is not bike friendly for me or my kids the closest park is gay heaven which is always packed and not enough flow to much back and forth and side to side which makes for some close calls or crashes. And if not lents park then I would like to see woodstock park get built next because its a 10,000 sq.ft. area and hopefully more tranny and flow, less street but some. and maybe some where we could get a covered park cause right now the only park is burnside and I can’t go there when I want even though I’ve been going there for 12yrs now cleaning piss and spilled beer and sleeping bums,and bucketing water out of the bowls B-side Pride 4 life. So can we get a covered park some rainy day. Or atleast some plexyglass walls for the south side of B-side like they have for hockey then the rain might stay out alittle better and police could still see in.” MasterBlaster B-side local till death”

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  35. scott Says:

    i would like to know if there are any meetings coming up that i could attend or if there is a schedule of mettings that sps could get to me, thank you

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  39. travis Says:

    are all the fundings gone for the skateparks?? if they are not gone lets get that steel bridge going so we have something covered to skate in the winter. how can us skaters help out to get more fundings going for the steel bridge park?

  40. Peterson1 Says:

    We need a skate/bmxpark in Grant Park. Theres no skateparks around and its really bumming me and my friends out. Please bring a dirt jump track and a skatepark to Grant Park. Theres enough room and lots of people would use it!

  41. Johnson Paulson Says:

    Brookland Spot is the best!!!! Here’s some $.

  42. Sophia Maru Says:

    does anyone here think that sellwood needs a skatepark? this is for a school projest so please comment!

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  45. Amar Says:

    Street parks… one for each tranny park. That would be fair. Transition happens to be totally boring for about 40 percent of all skaters, 40 percent think street is boring and only about 20 percent have fun on everything. It’s like music… you wont find me listening to country, but there are just as many people who don’t dig Metal. Doesn’t mean skaters arent solid either, we are just different. The PNW needs to stop assuming we are all cool with tranny in our parks… also bikers don’t do street parks so its the best way to avoid those dudes.

  46. Allison Says:

    Any idea when the brentwood spot is gonna happen? That 3 blocks from me. 😛

  47. Jasper Grace Says:

    Alberta Park needs to happen, I live like four blocks away and I will be there every single day and know of many other people that will. a stair set would be sick and tranny, I don’t care what else. Glenhaven is wa to packed all of the time and we need another park NE

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