OK. I’m not really that good at it, and at my age falls hurt a good bit more than they used to, but I still skateboard — a lot. That’s one of the things that I really love about Portland — Portland embraces skateboarding completely. Not only do we have a wide variety of indoor and outdoor parks (some fully or partially publicly funded), we have designated skateboarding routes downtown.
Here’s what the Wall Street Journal had to say about Portland’s skate culture a couple of years back.
And here are a handful of links about skateboarding in Portland:
- Portland skateboarding laws/rules and skate route map
- A woefully incomplete list of Portland skate shops
- Skateboard park advocacy
- Burnside Skate Park – one of the most famous (and brutal) in the country
- A list of Portland skate parks from Cal Skate – Portland’s oldest and coolest skate shop
Given the many official and underground skate spots in Portland, it’s really hard to find a good, comprehensive list of parks and routes. Readers, what are your favorite spots to skateboard in and around Portland?