City of Portland, Parks Recreation & Facilities Department
Ethan Hipple Director
Hello there skaters, bikers, and other friends of the Portland Skatepark,
We have some updates on the Skatepark Expansion project that I wanted to share.
We started this email list about 4 years ago to keep folks in the loop on fund-raising and events around the skatepark expansion project. If you know of anyone who would like to be signed up for updates on skatepark expansion events or information, they can sign up on our website.
The total budget for the project to get the skatepark from the current square footage of 8,350 square feet to over 14,000 square feet is in the ballpark of $375,000.
Thanks to the hard work of many of you, we have raised over $103,000 in private funding for this project. This is a tremendous accomplishment thanks to all of you! All of the private funds raised for this project are deposited in a City fund for the exclusive purpose of the skatepark expansion project. You can keep tabs on the fund-raising here, and also sign up to raise funds yourself.
Special mention goes out to all of our skaters and families who have gotten pledges and donations from friends, relatives and neighbors as part of the Skate-a-Thon and summer and winter Rail Jam events. A lot of that money was raised $5 and $10 at a time. A huge thank you also goes to Jack Kyle and Max Press who have connected us with local foundations that have contributed $85,000 towards this project. And the Long family (of the former Long's Board Shop) played a key role in building interest in this project and hosting some of our early events.
We recently put in a request from our Department for Capital Improvement Program (CIP) funding for the remainder of the project budget and we were successful in getting partial funding for the project (another $50K)--but not enough to get going on construction yet. There are always many more requests for funding that come in than there is money available and sometimes it takes years to get full funding for a project. The City has also faced historic revenue shortfalls due to the pandemic. The good news is that the City Manager and City Council have been supportive of this project despite a very difficult financial situation, and we now have an additional $50K of CIP funding which keeps the momentum for the project going strong.
Moving forward, this project remains a priority for our Department-- and any funds raised moving forward will get us that much closer to our project funding goal.
Have fun out there this summer--we will be in touch,
Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department
City of Portland
212 Canco Rd.
Portland, Maine 04103
Portland Parks Division is planning an expansion to the much-used and overcrowded skate park at Dougherty Field. The current skatepark, 8,350 sq feet, expansion will be 6,500 sq feet, for a total of 14,850 sq feet.
In the summer of 2018, the Parks Division held two public forums to get input on conceptual design for expansion of the existing Portland Skatepark at Dougherty Field. Each meeting attracted numerous Skatepark enthusiasts with many creative ideas for the expansion which is visible in the preliminary concept design in the slideshow below.
In the winter of 2017 and 2018, we held a winter rail jam at the Payson Park Terrain Park to benefit the skatepark expansion project. In the summer of 2018, we held the portland skat-a-thon complete with live bands and food trucks. Both of these events raise significant funds and community awareness of this project. Fund raising is ongoing and all donation, large or small, are accepted and appreciated.
As we get closer to construction (1-3 years away), we will keep the community involved and informed.