Volunteers trying to build skateparks in Portland » Key Moments & Milestones:

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

Key Moments & Milestones:



  • A proposal to build a public skatepark under the west side of the Steel Bridge with wide community support mysteriously disappears from public consideration without explanation.
  • Frustrated with the Steel Bridge process, Tom Miller, a lawyer, and Sonny Robertson, a graphic designer—both lifelong skateboarders— meet at Burnside Skatepark, agree Portland needs more than one skatepark and a formal advocacy organization. Inspired by Burnside’s remarkable DIY history, Skaters for Portland Skateparks begins.


  • SPS campaigns in the streets of Portland and City Council in favor of the Portland Parks levy, which promised $500,000 for two public skateparks.


  • SPS partners with Ted Wall of Portland Parents for Skaters to urge skatepark construction in Westmoreland Park, Southeast Portland. The proposal generates much controversy fed by stereotypes and mistruths. After more than a year of consideration, the skatepark is included by Portland Parks & Recreation in its Westmoreland Park master plan.
  • At the request of Westmoreland skatepark opponents, Parks commits to an 18 – 36 month citywide analysis of potential skatepark sites before a skatepark may be built in Westmoreland Park.


  • Recognizing the need for a model skatepark after the Westmoreland controversy, SPS urges Parks to use levy funds to rebuild the flawed Pier Park skatepark immediately. Parks declines. SPS then requests permission from Parks to seek reconstruction itself. Parks agrees when SPS secures support from original skatepark founder, Portland Police Lieutenant Scott Winegar, St. Johns Neighborhood Association, and door-to-door support from neighbors adjacent to the skatepark. The Pier campaign begins.
  • Graphic designer and longtime Portland skateboard icon Mark Conahan joins the SPS board.


  • Parks completes its citywide analysis by adopting the SPS vision for comprehensive skatepark development citywide with 19 sites selected. City Council passes Parks’ plan, making it official.


  • Glenhaven Park, Northeast Portland, is selected for Portland’s second publicly-supported skatepark. SPS board member Mark Conahan facilitates skatepark design development.
  • Pier Park’s rebuilt skatepark is completed, enjoying widespread acclaim.
  • Commisioner Dan Saltzman, impressed by the public enthusiasm for the Pier Park Skatepark proposes additional funding for two more skateparks. Proposal is approved


  • Glenhaven Skatepark in NE Portland opens.
  • Holly Farm skatespot opens in SW Portland. Portland Parks Foundation funds the skatespot as part of the development of a new neighborhood park.
  • Contract awarded for Gabriel Park skatepark in SW Portland.
  • Contract awarded for Ed Benedict skatepark in SE Portland.


  • Gabriel Park skatepark opens.
  • Ed Benedict skatepark under construction to be completed in the Fall.

Read A Conversation with the Founders.

4 Responses to “Key Moments & Milestones:”

  1. juestin weesner Says:

    I know lots of people who would got to a skate park at Berry dale . It would be the perfect palce to put a covered skate park at because there are already trees there and it would not be hard to poot one in. plus i know so many people who want on there and would be willing to help build or anything!!

  2. tyler evan schick Says:

    i think if you are willing to put in a new skate park you should make it a mixed park for bikers because there are alot of bikers who do not enjoy riding dirt cause it gers old and we would like to have a nice indoor place to ride like a skate park and would help for the fundings

  3. tyler evan schick Says:

    ride bikes eby day

  4. Nate Says:

    Great work you guys! I’m not a skater but I work with lots of youth and have seen the positive impact that a skatepark can have. Kids need healthy activities to do outside of the home…cuz family life usually sucks for kids.

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