Frequently Asked Questions
Burnside is Portland’s first skatepark. Why is Pier Park sometimes labeled Portland’s first?
Pier Park is Portland’s first skatepark to be supported with public funding. Burnside was built and is maintained by the skate community directly and does not receive public funding.
What relationship does SPS have with Burnside?
SPS has no formal relationship with Burnside. SPS’s founders were (and are) inspired by Burnside’s DIY ethic, i.e. the idea that skateboarders are best prepared and obliged to lead development of skateparks. At the request of Burnside founder Mark Scott, SPS’s Tom Miller prepared legal documents for Burnside Skatepark, Inc., the non-profit corporation that formally manages Burnside Skatepark under the direction of Mark Scott, Sage Bolyard, and Chuck Willis. Miller occasionally provides pro bono legal assistance to Burnside Skatepark, Inc.
Will the Steel Bridge Skatepark ever be built?
Yes. It is part of the City Council-endorsed list of sites secured for future skatepark development.
I heard a skatepark may be built under the I-405 ramps in Northwest Portland. True or False?
Portland Parks & Recreation considered a site for skatepark development at NW 19th and Savier/Raleigh. The site is owned and managed by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), a state agency. ODOT initially discouraged pursuit of a skatepark, and Parks dropped the site from its list. However, various sites under the I-405 ramps would serve skaters well. Should the community get excited about a potential skatepark there, we expect ODOT to consider it.
Some think big corporations like Nike and Adidas are bad for skateboarding. Why did you accept their money for Pier Park? Will you keep taking their money?
You are welcome to your opinion about companies like Nike and Adidas. We work to build world-class public skateparks in Portland for everybody to enjoy. If corporations like Nike and Adidas can help make that happen, we welcome their assistance. It should be noted that Nikeâ€™s contribution to Pier Park was catalytic both in terms of amount ($75,000 the largest private contribution) and timing (early in the fundraising process which helped established credibility for our campaign).
What is Skaters for Portland Skateparks’ relationship with Skaters for Public Skateparks?
These are two independent organizations that share a general missionâ€”world-class public skatepark development. They also share a legal bond for tax purposes. However, our mission is narrowed to skatepark development in Portland, Oregon. Skaters for Public Skateparks, by contrast, is a general education and advocacy resource without geographic limits and managed by an entirely different board of directors.