Key Milestones and Events
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 in 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, Portland Parks & Recreation 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 Portland Parks & Recreation 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 Park campaign begins.
Graphic designer and longtime Portland skateboarder Mark Conahan joins the SPS board.
Portland Parks & Recreation 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.
Ordinance Number 179462, passed by City Council on August 3, 2005. Endorsed skatepark siting committee with recommendations to Portland Parks & Recreation, and encourage future development of skatepark facilities.
Fundraisers continue to support the Pier Park construction effort.
Construction begins on the new and improved Pier Park Skatepark.
Glenhaven Park in 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.
Commissioner Dan Saltzman, impressed by the public enthusiasm for the Pier Park Skatepark proposes additional funding for two additional skateparks. Proposal is approved.
Construction begins with Glenhaven Skatepark.
Glenhaven Skatepark opens in NE Portland.
Following up on Earth Day, Friends of Pier Park coordinated with SOLV (Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism) to organize a graffiti abatement and litter pickup event at Pier Park’s Skatepark. Several of these organized SOLV-IT events followed in the months and years thereafter. These actions prove that skateboarders take responsibility to care for their skateparks and community.
Holly Farm Skate Spot opens in SW Portland. Portland Parks Foundation funds this skate facility as a part of the development of a new neighborhood park.
Contract awarded for Gabriel Park Skatepark in SW Portland. Construction begins.
Contract awarded for Ed Benedict Skate Plaza in SE Portland.
Gabriel Park Skatepark opens in Southwest Portland.
Ed Benedict Skate Plaza under construction. Completed in the Fall.
2009 - 2015
With the economic downturn in full swing, Portland Parks & Recreation offers that funding is no longer available for additional public skatepark projects within the Skatepark System Plan. Investment and momentum slows for the build up of the remaining 14 prospective skateparks. Portland skaters continue to enjoy the 5 wildly popular skateparks serving their communities daily.
SPS's Swap Meet Fundraiser for the Powell Street Skate Spot gathers attention and funds for Portland's Southeast skate zone.
Steel Bridge Skatepark Photo and Art Show Fundraiser at Lagunitas Brewery Community Room
Surroundings Video Premiere - SPS Fundraiser
Boneless skateboard, photography and art show. A portion of the proceeds was donated to SPS.
Team Shralp Presents the Disposable Youth Photo Show at See See Motor Coffee. 50% of sales go towards Skaters for Portland Skatepark’s Powell Street Skate Spot fundraising efforts.