May 11th, 2009 5:33 pm | by Megan Brescini News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Sports, Environment

Official Opening of the Ed Benedict Skate Plaza

Ed Benedict Plaza
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.
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