Photo: Rich Burton of Earth Patrol Media
Mark your calendars, skateboarders.
The official opening ceremony
for the Ed Benedict Skate Plaza is Saturday, May 30, and it will be a mix up of all kinds of awesome including an Adidas/Tribute Skateboards Skate Jam, a best trick competition, and the next installment of the PP&R Skate Jam Invitational for kids in grades K-8 and 9-12.
A fitting opening for a skate plaza that is like the Swiss Army Knife of recreation space; it's a street skate park/ art gallery/public plaza /“green” landscape/ bottle opener. Everything except that last one, though I'm sure there is a corner you could pop a cap off on. The first “sustainable” skate plaza unofficially opened to the public back in February, as the skate obsessed already know
, and features urban skate elements that include public sculpture and vegetated obstacles over 6,000 square feet, with ample seating for public events.
The innovative design is largely due to the guidance of local skater and artist, Dan Garland
Ed Benedict Park is in SE Portland at 109th and SE Powell Blvd.