Skateboarding in Portland
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Skateboarding in Portland Why skating Is NOT a crime!
A little history
1950s surfing became a craze- riding the wave1959 first skateboard made1960 companies like Larry Stevenson Makahana and Hobie Slater made real skateboards50 million boards sold within 3 years1963 first contest in Hermosa beach, CA1965 skating pronounced unsafe by experts.
A little more..*1970 was the first time skating had stars: Tony Alva, Jay Adams and Stacey Peralta*1980 first ramp-wooden*1987 skating became a culture: music, clothing, and language
Skating Now!*1995 ESPN Extreme Games in Rhode Island*1997 skating included in X Games *2000-A pro can make from 1,000-10,000 a month*Skating is done by kids and adults-most skaters early teens-to early twenties
What parks we think are Cool!Burnside: Portland's most beloved skate park. Under the Burnside bridge, freeHillsboro: New addition to Portland area, first street park. Off of Cornelius passBeaverton: Very skater friendly, waterproof, smooth concrete and open area for tricks. Across from Tualatin Hills park and Rec.
Have fun in Portland*It is legal to skate on all downtown streets expect bus mall (5th avenues). Illegal to skate on sidewalk between I-405, NW Hoyt And park blocks! No ledges. Tickets used to be 2,500-dropped to $25. Bottom line- Portland is skater friendly.have fun!
How skaters affect the communityPositive ways in which skaters affect the community:Skaters use their environment in creative and unique waysSkating is a healthy alternative to drugs, alcohol; it keeps kids out of (relative) trouble. As a sport, it promotes an active and dynamic lifestyle.
Skaters and the communitySkaters usually congregate at a central spot, attracting crowds and curious bystanders. Good opportunity for local business, as traffic increases.They also inject youth and dynamism into the city.Skaters can be the eyes of the streets, policing urban space and making it safe for others.Skaters also increase the demand for public activity arenas, such as skate parks.
The cons to skatingIncreased vandalism. Skaters often cause damage to city owned, public and private property. The costs of repair are passed off to the citizens of the city, namely taxpayers. Increase in police attention, when instead they could be doing far more important work such as saving lives and arresting criminals.Disturbance of peace, skaters can engage in conflict with pedestrians, motorists, and the general public.
What skaters have to sayInterview 1Age: 25Sex: FemaleHow long have you been skating? 17 years off and onWho/What got you into skating? Free Skateboards and TVWhere is you favorite place to skate? Why? Streets- hillsWhy do you like to skate? Going fast with nothing between you and the pavement but air and a piece of woodDo you feel people judge or stereotype you? Yes, especially as a girl, like I am unapproachable to some people, they think I'm going to kick their ass if they talk to mePersonal Quote Scar tissue body, scar tissue heart
What skaters have to sayInterview 2Age: 19Sex: MaleHow long have you been skating? 3 years
Who/What got you into skating? Older brother
Where is you favorite place to skate? Why? Street, it's less crowded and can do it anywhere
Why do you like to skate? Dangerous and exciting to go off rampsDo you feel people judge or stereotype you? Yes, people look at me like I am always causing trouble
Personal Quote If you can't run with the big dogs get out of the park
What skaters have to sayInterview 3Age: 30 Sex: Male How long have you been skating? 16 years Who/What got you into skating? Animal Chin video and Tony Hawk and Steve CaballeroWhere is you favorite place to skate? Why? Street (rails and ledges)
Why do you like to skate? Cheap sport, can do it anywhere, anytime, learn to look at the streets differently
Do you feel people judge or stereotype you? In the 80s and 90s yes, now nope- you're a rock star
From a moms viewMoms Perspective:Kalleen DelgadoI view skateboarding as a sport. There is always the risk of injury with any sport. I see skateboarding as a positive outlet for my teenage sons. Although skateboarding is done at an individual level, I have witnessed a sense of camaraderie and support from other skaters within a park. It takes balance and confidence to ride a skateboard. It takes practice, agility, continued effort, and some pain to master some of the tricks and maneuvers skaters display. As a parent, I am hopeful that my sons will use caution (and their common sense) when they are attempting tricks that are new to them.
A Day In The Park
Works Citedoregonskateboarding.comSkateLog.com http://www.calsk8.com