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.
Lents Park proposal from Tyler.
55′ x 40′ is just a rough estimate for as small as you may want to go, so about 2,200sq’. I like a design akin to a ditch or reservoir like Derby or SkaterCross skatepark! The blue areas represent a bioswale or drainage feature, and then there are trees around the perimeter and possibly some street elements as well. I referenced the planter island in this years Maloof money cup competition, I figured there could be a small roll out deck and have the inner core of the island also be a sort of bioswale possibly with some plants (flowers, palm trees, shrubbery)? And also the bridge to gain speed across into either the reservoir or the berm. I think it would be great to have some actual cone shaped parking blocks along there for grinding or sliding to give it a more realistic feeling of skating a ditch.