It may not look like much is happening with Stronger Skatepark right now, but it is! I have been searching for buildings non-stop since summer and I'm still looking! In the process I learned that my original plan for opening up in a warehouse space in Portland was not viable due to the strict occupancy laws in place in the city. If we were to open in a warehouse we wold be required to preform seismic upgrades that would cost approximately $100,00-$200,000. This is simply not viable for a new business of this size. That is why we've expanded our search to the entire Portland Metro Area. There are still some possible buildings in Portland proper, but they are just limited to spaces already approved for our use becuase of this law.
I'm currently looking into buildings in Portland, Milwakie, and Oregon City. The most important detail though, I am NOT giving up. I am doing everything but giving up. Stronger Skatepark is my dream and I'm an utterly determined person. I do not give up when the going gets tough, I just get more creative. So bear with me, becuase eventually this park will be open! We may sign a lease next week, or it may take a few more months, but from the time we gain access to the space it should be 4-8 weeks until we are open. It is happening. Stronger is coming. Don't loose faith!
In the meantime I'm supporting skateboarding in other ways. We sponsored Exposure, the Largest Woman's skate contest in the world. And thanks to support from some friends I was able to get down there myself and make some great connections that are already proving very helpful in this process of starting an indoor park. I met so many amazing people and shared my vision with many of them.
I also got to skate some fantastic parks when I was there, but the one I was most excited to visit was Academy Skatepark, as they are very similar to what I will be doing here. They have a clean, fun park thats a blast to skate across all ability levels. I was really inspired to see what they were able to do with their space!
I've also been able to loan out our Stronger Skatepark portable ramps to various groups around the city including Skate Like a Girl and Portland Parks and Rec! Our ramps were used during the a skateboarding halftime event at the Roller Derby International Championships that took place right here in Portland earlier this month! How cool is that? Expect to see our ramps at more events in the future!
Please remember, the reason there aren't more indoor parks in Portland are becuase so many give up when it gets hard. I'm not giving up. I live for skateboarding and my life's work is to start this park. I'm not giving up on this, please don't give up on me. Stay Strong.