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The Foundation

Photograph By Bryce Kanights

There were discussions with the community's neighbors, the local police bureau, and the parents of the younger skaters who began to frequent the skatepark. Once Teresa Boyle from the City of Portland's Land Use Department issued an official permit, the build continued and the skate sessions grew. Soon enough, more fundraisers were organized and money was donated. All funds were recorded and went directly toward materials and needed rental equipment.


However, the caveat to the issued permit was that the skatepark would most likely have to come down with the construction of the city's new TriMet Light Rail Transit Project. The heart of this matter involved the aging pedestrian stairway and overpass that would need to be decommissioned.