Volunteers trying to build skateparks in Portland

Volunteers trying to build skateparks in Portland

We are trying 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:
Mark Conahan
Bryce Kanights
Colin Sharp

What’s up?

September 29th, 2011

I got a note wondering what was going on with Skaters for Portland Skateparks since the site has not been updated in a while. We have been on something of a hiatus since public funding has dried up.

SPS has received some private donations, which we have banked and will use as an appropriate project appears. thank you donors.

Skaters around town have been working to get things rolling at the Fernhill, Kenton, Powell and Woodstock sites. We are planning to set up donation buttons that will be linked to each of these efforts as soon as we can work out how that will work: do they have a definite plan/schedule, etc. There is some talk about these projects going forwards as officially sanctioned but skater led private efforts, more news on that as it comes in.

We have also had queries about raising money to cover one of our skateparks, more news on that as we get it.

Skate Rock at Plan B Saturday

June 2nd, 2011

skate-rock June 11

Proceeds to benefit Skaters for Portland Skateparks

Skatepark benefit

February 21st, 2011


TEAM SHRALP presents a skate park benefit show at the East End Bar in Portland, Oregon on Friday Feb 25th at 9pm. Featuring Portland’s raddest bands and skate/BMX supporters. Surf, garage, and punk rock all collide into a killer set. This is also the after party for Portland’s Bicycle Film Festival, which is taken place at the Clinton Street Theater. BMX movies such as; The Birth of Big Air, BMX At Burnside, TEAM SHRALP’s Pink Motel Pool Party, and many more will be shown at the Clinton Street during the festival.

So come on down to the Clinton Street Theater in Portland for the Bicycle Film Festival on Friday Feb 25th. And then finish the night off at The East End for TEAM SHRALP’s Sk8 Park Benefit Show and help raise some cash for Portland’s future skate parks. Cavebabes are always welcome! 21 & over. $6 suggested donation to watch the bands while the bar is open to the general public.

Year end giving … to skateboarding!

December 19th, 2010

If you need to donate some money before the end of the year, consider giving it to one of these fine organizations supporting skateboarders by promoting skateparks and skateboarding. Follow the links below and click on their donate button. You can give the government everything you owe, or you can direct a portion of what you owe to your favorite skate advocacy organization and reap the tax benefits. You might also check if your employer has a gift matching program.

Skaters for Portland Skateparks advocates for free public skateparks in Portland, Oregon. The folks who brought you Pier Park skatepark and Portland’s 19 skatepark plan.

Tony Hawk Foundation supports recreational programs with a focus on the creation of public skateboard parks in low-income communities through special events, grants, and technical assistance.

Benton County Skateboarding Alliance partnering with all levels of the community and governmental agencies to provide safe, clean and respectful environments for skateboarding in Benton County (Corvallis), Oregon.

Grind for Life provides financial assistance to cancer patients and their families when traveling long distances to doctors and hospitals. In addition, they educate and inspire these patients and families concerning cancer survival and recovery.

Skatistan is a co-educational skateboarding school in Afghanistan engaging urban and internally-displaced youth in Afghanistan through skateboarding, and provides them with new opportunities in cross-cultural interaction, education, and personal empowerment programs.

Skaters for Public Skateparks provides a forum for sharing techniques, materials, data, and principles to advocates for public skateparks.

Marginal Way Skatepark is a skater-built skatepark project in Seattle Washington.

Above Coping is dedicated to providing support and new experiences for youth skateboarders with chronic health conditions; inspiring them to thrive, not just survive.

Board Rescue Provides skateboards and safety equipment to organizations working with underprivileged and/or at-risk youth.

Brooklyn Street Skate Spot in the Portland Mercury

November 18th, 2010

brooklyn street skate spot

Brooklyn Street Skate Spot, a DIY project built by volunteers and donations with the approval of the city and neighbors. In the tradition of the Burnside skatepark, skaters cleaned up a sketchy piece of waste land and built something cool to skate. Colin Sharp and Jesse McDowell worked with neighbors, police, the railroad and various officials seeking permission for the project. Good work guys. Read the article.

Check out Brooklyn Street Skate Spot on Facebook.

Have an idea for a Skatepark?

October 6th, 2010


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.

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Brooklyn Street Skate Spot

September 21st, 2010

brooklyn street skate spot
Colin and Jesse and others are working to clean up and reclaim a bit of waste land in Southeast Portland as a public skate spot. They have clearance from the city and have met with neighbors, the police and the railroad. Neighbors and other community organizations are impressed. Skaters for Portland Skateparks provided some funding. You can follow the progress of the project at The Brooklyn Street Skate Spot Facebook page.

Lents Park skatespot comment opportunity

September 7th, 2010

lents park plan

Lents Park is bounded by SE Steele and SE Holgate, SE 88th and SE 92nd. The skatepark master plan has it at 5000 sq. ft. Take the time to check this out and comment. There is nothing designed yet skate-wise but there is some opposition to a skatespot in this park so there should be equal or more positive comments. View the three concepts proposed for the Lents Park Master Plan and submit your comments by Wednesday, September 15, 5:00 PM. Comment Opportunity

Thanks Brian for the heads up.

Pier Park graffiti coverup

April 26th, 2010

pier park graffiti coverup

Some pics from the Pier Park Pickup over at Antigravity Press.

Volunteer opportunity

April 16th, 2010


Be a good neighbor and come help out for a couple of hours at the Pier Park Pickup SOLV event tomorrow from 9am – 1 pm. We’ll be doing trash pickup and graffiti coverup at the skatepark. Breakfast treats from Tulip Pastry Shop and hot coffee from Starbucks. It should be a nice morning to hang out at the park anyway.