About Author: Peter Whitley

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  • It takes a special kind of person to wear a t-shirt. Not everyone can pull it off. It requires a self-confidence that tells the world, “I KNOW I look good!” We wouldn’t blame you if you felt too insecure to pick up one of our new shirts. You’d still be in good company…neither Kim Jong-il or Harrison Ford are wearing one of these shirts, (as far […]

    NEW SPS Shirts!!!

    It takes a special kind of person to wear a t-shirt. Not everyone can pull it off. It requires a self-confidence that tells the world, “I KNOW I look good!” We wouldn’t blame you if you felt too insecure to pick up one of our new shirts. You’d still be in good company…neither Kim Jong-il or Harrison Ford are wearing one of these shirts, (as far […]

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  • There may be no better place to be a skater than Portland, Oregon, particularly for those old enough to drive. Portland has loads of skateparks in and around it. DIY Burnside Few skateparks are as well-documented as Burnside. The park continues to be the central inspiration for hundreds of others. Every aspects of the place evokes an urban skateboarder aesthetic. There are few equals when it […]

    Portland, Oregon

    There may be no better place to be a skater than Portland, Oregon, particularly for those old enough to drive. Portland has loads of skateparks in and around it. DIY Burnside Few skateparks are as well-documented as Burnside. The park continues to be the central inspiration for hundreds of others. Every aspects of the place evokes an urban skateboarder aesthetic. There are few equals when it […]

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  • The skaters in Calgary are a tenacious bunch. Though it is the third-largest city in Canada, it sits in the foothills of the Rockies its weather tends to be cold, particularly by many American standards. The temperature of Calgary has never broken 100-degrees Fahrenheit and the winters can be long. The average temperature in July is 61 degrees F. In most ways the Calgary Association of […]

    Calgary, Alberta (CASE)

    The skaters in Calgary are a tenacious bunch. Though it is the third-largest city in Canada, it sits in the foothills of the Rockies its weather tends to be cold, particularly by many American standards. The temperature of Calgary has never broken 100-degrees Fahrenheit and the winters can be long. The average temperature in July is 61 degrees F. In most ways the Calgary Association of […]

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  • There are few skatepark stories as compelling as the one supplied by the people of Donald, Oregon. With a population of just over 600 people it seems like an unlikely place for a skatepark—world-class or otherwise. Yet the skatepark there has captured the imagination of skaters across the nation. There’s nothing exactly spectacular about the Donald skatepark. It’s not large. In fact, it’s only 2,500 square […]

    Donald, Oregon

    There are few skatepark stories as compelling as the one supplied by the people of Donald, Oregon. With a population of just over 600 people it seems like an unlikely place for a skatepark—world-class or otherwise. Yet the skatepark there has captured the imagination of skaters across the nation. There’s nothing exactly spectacular about the Donald skatepark. It’s not large. In fact, it’s only 2,500 square […]

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  • There are lots of great reasons for building your next skatepark. Here are just 30 of them.

    30 Reasons

    There are lots of great reasons for building your next skatepark. Here are just 30 of them.

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  • The first few public meetings for new advocates are often frightening. One expects that the audience will be filled with neighbors and concerned citizens with an endless supply of challenging questions about the idea of a new skatepark. While that is sometimes true—neighbors will probably have questions—the reality is that they’re not out to crucify you. They understand why you’re there and that you mean well. […]

    Public Meeting FAQ

    The first few public meetings for new advocates are often frightening. One expects that the audience will be filled with neighbors and concerned citizens with an endless supply of challenging questions about the idea of a new skatepark. While that is sometimes true—neighbors will probably have questions—the reality is that they’re not out to crucify you. They understand why you’re there and that you mean well. […]

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  • Friends of Douglass/Greene Park is a non-profit organization formed in 2005 after the Boerum Hill Association initiated a neighborhood-wide search for a green space to serve the community in downtown Brooklyn. A formal study concluded the Thomas Greene Park, on Third Avenue at Degraw Street, was a profoundly underutilized and undeveloped location in a densely populated spot. The group’s mission is to revitalize the park as […]

    Douglass/Greene, Brooklyn, New York

    Friends of Douglass/Greene Park is a non-profit organization formed in 2005 after the Boerum Hill Association initiated a neighborhood-wide search for a green space to serve the community in downtown Brooklyn. A formal study concluded the Thomas Greene Park, on Third Avenue at Degraw Street, was a profoundly underutilized and undeveloped location in a densely populated spot. The group’s mission is to revitalize the park as […]

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  • The Saugeen Shores Rotary Skatepark committee started their skatepark effort in 2004. By 2006 they had a concept design from VanDer Zalm / Newline Skateparks. Budget constraints required a reduction in size but by 2007 they had broken ground. The skatepark was underway. The committee demonstrated incredible success by attracting a long and diverse roster of sponsors and patrons. Many sponsors donated $10,000 or more. Today […]

    Saugeen Shores, Ontario

    The Saugeen Shores Rotary Skatepark committee started their skatepark effort in 2004. By 2006 they had a concept design from VanDer Zalm / Newline Skateparks. Budget constraints required a reduction in size but by 2007 they had broken ground. The skatepark was underway. The committee demonstrated incredible success by attracting a long and diverse roster of sponsors and patrons. Many sponsors donated $10,000 or more. Today […]

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  • “You—skateboarders—are the leading edge of a revolution of the human being’s relation to his or her environment.” —Edmund Bacon

    Freedom of Space

    “You—skateboarders—are the leading edge of a revolution of the human being’s relation to his or her environment.” —Edmund Bacon

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  • A request for donation asks for donations. The donation desired might be cash, product, services, or volunteer hours, or something else entirely. Once you have developed a good request letter you may use it again and again. Requests for Donation letters tend to follow a similar pattern. It’s a good idea to stick to this tried-and-true formula. Keep your letter formal and to the point. Communicate […]

    Sample Request for Donation Letter

    A request for donation asks for donations. The donation desired might be cash, product, services, or volunteer hours, or something else entirely. Once you have developed a good request letter you may use it again and again. Requests for Donation letters tend to follow a similar pattern. It’s a good idea to stick to this tried-and-true formula. Keep your letter formal and to the point. Communicate […]

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