Stronger Skatepark Has Found a Home!

Coming to Milwaukie in 2018!


We are very excited to announce that after a very long search with many ups and downs we have found a space and signed a lease in Milwaukie just outside of SE Portland! At over 5000 sq feet with a party room in the back, its the perfect space for a new indoor park and we can't wait to see you there!

The Landlord has some work to do before we can begin our own buildout of the park itself, but I'm excited to share our big news with our followers. We will have a more solid timeline in the coming weeks. 

Back to front view of our new space in Milwaukie. *Image shows a large commercial space with dusty tile flooring, in the back are large windows looking out to a parking lot, and a few people examining the room*

Back to front view of our new space in Milwaukie. *Image shows a large commercial space with dusty tile flooring, in the back are large windows looking out to a parking lot, and a few people examining the room*

How You Can Help

There are lots of ways you can help us during these early months when we will need it most!

  • Share our Social Media Pages
  • Tell Your Friends about Stronger 
  • Get on our Mailing List
  • Watch for our Grand Opening Sale

As we move forward we will be doing a pre-sale to help fund the building of the park. This is will be your only opportunity to buy sessions and memberships at a deep discount and support us in our most daunting time! Keep your eye on our social media for updates and if you aren't a part our email list make sure you sign up on our contact page! 

A Long Overdue Update

Hello my lovely friends and supporters of Stronger Skatepark. I want to start this update by apologizing for my long absence. It is difficult to sit down and write updates when I don’t have much to share. I’m still here looking for spaces. I’ve looked at several, one was far too small, one the landlord didn’t want our use, and the other is still a possibility though the rent is very high and we need to get creative if we are to use that space. 

In the time that it’s has taken to work on this vision I’ve done a lot of soul searching, and right now I’m very certain that this is still my life's work. I want a skatepark as much as you, probably more. A place to consistently participate in the activity that brings me unending joy is nothing short of a dream come true. 

The more I learn about business, real estate, and government regulations the more I see how naive I was to measure this process in months rather than years. It has now been a year since I have started the building search in earnest. I’ve learned all the locations that we will not be allowed to be in, including all warehouse space in Portland, which is where I had hoped to open in my original business plan. 

It has been strenuous for me to attend public events due to the fact that I have no news to share other than, “I’m still looking.” It hurts every time I have to face a hopeful supportive person and say “I still don’t know when we will be open.” But I get to follow that up with “I’m not giving up!” 

I hope you will continue to support me, your comments and encouragement are what keeps me going though the long days and anxious nights. Your support sustains me as I continue forward after each unsuccessful turn. 

I lay awake at night dreaming of the ways I can make an amazing place for the community, from the programs and classes, to the ramp design, to the clean bathrooms. No detail has been spared from the working of my detailed imagination. I can not wait until I can make it all real and see the satisfied faces of veteran and first time riders alike as they enjoy what we’ve worked so hard for. 

Thank you for your ongoing support of my efforts, expect to see me on social media more often sharing skateboarding related content. Please email or PM me with anything you’d like shared on our account, that kickflip you landed for the first time, or an upcoming contest, anything skateboarding, bmx, and yes, scooting related is welcomed. 

Stay Strong, 

Allison Waters

Stronger Skatepark Needs YOU!

Happy New Year and I hope everyone had an excellent holiday season. I’m still working at bringing a new indoor skatepark to the Portland area and want to bring you an update and ask for some help for the community! 

The building search has been harder than I ever imagined it would be, but I’m not one to give up easily, and I’m not one to do things halfway. Because of that I’ve learned a lot about the building and zoning codes in the State of Oregon and in the various cities I’ve been looking at. We are still in talks with the owners of a building in Oregon City, but it is going slowly and I hope to hear back from them soon. I didn’t imagine Oregon City as an option at the outset of this project, but this building is really amazing and I believe would make an incredible home to Stronger Skatepark and be a bring some needed family friendly retail to downtown Oregon City. 

There is a very real chance this building won’t work out and I’m aware of that. Thats where you can help. I need more eyes looking for possible locations for Stronger Skatepark. The challenging part of this is that any potential buildings need to be already approved for an “Assembly Use” according to the state occupancy code. We simply can not afford to do a change of occupancy at the outset of the park unless the building owner is able to pay for the needed safety upgrades to the building. The types of buildings this includes are restaurants, gyms, theaters, schools, churches, bowling alleys, and other recreational facilities. The buildings we CAN NOT use are retail stores, warehouses, and manufacturing facilities, unless they have already gone through a change of occupancy and have been approved for assembly use. 

In the past many parks and ramps in Portland have opened up in retail or warehouse spaces illegally and I think that’s one of the beautiful parts of skate culture, we make due with what we can. Portland is home to Burnside, one of the greatest DIY victories in skate history! But ongoing DIY spaces like Burnside are the exception. We learned that again in 2016 with the loss of the lower freddies DIY. In 2016 we also lost The Grotto and the Trusty Bowl (former D.O.S). I’m missing these spots as much as anyone as this long cold winter carries on.  

In 2017 I hope to see more parks and spots open than close, including Stronger. I’m planning on Stronger Skatepark being an important part of the skate community in Portland for a decade or more! That means we need to do this park by the books and it’s easier to do that at the start than it is to try and get up to code later. 

If we can find a building that is already approved for our use we will be able to get in and start building the park right away, only needing to do minimal upgrades to the building itself. With more eyes looking for these types of spaces I hope to find our home sooner. If you have an idea of a building send some info and the address to If your information allows us to find a space we will give you a one year membership to Stronger Skatepark as our way of saying thanks! 

The entire idea behind Stronger Skatepark is to strengthen our skate community by working together, Together we are Stronger! Let’s start that today by keeping our eyes peeled for any large spaces that could be the new home for our park and our community! 

-Allison Waters

Below is a screen shot from the state building code of what is considered an A-3 use. Any buildings that are currently or were recently used for these types of businesses are the type of building we need to move into to avoid hundreds of thousands in expenses relating to a change of occupancy.