A Farewell to Portland’s Brooklyn Street Skate Spot
Portland’s renowned DIY Brooklyn Street Skate Spot met its doomsday fate and was rendered into a pile of rubble early last week. From the beginning back in the summer of 2010, the City of Portland officials made it clear that the emergent skatepark built upon its land next to the Union Pacific rail tracks would not be permanent. Unfortunately, the expansion of TriMet’s Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project would include tearing down the old pedestrian bridge and the skatepark beneath it would be taken out as a result.
The City of Portland allowed this awesome little skatepark to be built and remain on their land for many months and the officials responsible have been more than accommodating to skateboarders and skateboarding over the past three years. And on behalf of the BSSS skateboarding community, we thank them for that generosity.
With plenty of notice, Dark Tuesday happened on November 12th, 2013 and now all that remains are great memories and an empty dirt lot. But before the destruction, a farewell “Shred a Tear” session commenced amongst many friends and locals on Saturday, November 9th. It was a great time shared by all in attendance.
Drop on by Curb Cut Mag where Spencer Knutilla shares some words and his photos on the saddening circumstance as well.
RIP Brooklyn Street