19: PORTLAND’S SKATEPARK MASTER PLAN
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.
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.