Editor: June Paul

Art Director: Andrew Tamminga

PFSP Past, Present & Future Events 

 In October we were present at the Fire and Police Open House.  It was a great day and we presented Fire Chief Clayton with a double chocolate Skateboard Cake. 

Thank you to everyone who supports the project at our Bake Sales by either providing scrumptious treats or buying them.

On October 17th we were at the Portage Public Library Teen Activity Center Open House.

We caught wind that The Blarney Stone is hosting a Chili Cook Off on October 20th from 11:00 - 2:00. This should get us warming up for more winter fundraising events!

There was also another Brat Hut at Pierces Supermarket on New Pinery Road on October 20th from 10:00 - 3:00. 

On November 18th we'll be giving a presentation at the Portage Public Library from 6:30 - 7:30.  We're going to tell you more about this project and answer questions you might still have.

On November 29th we're going to be in the Holiday Parade!   So bundle up all you parade buffs!  If you want to help build, ride, walk through the parade please contact Jayda via the website.

The Historic Living Windows is always a great time to walk downtown and we hope to be there this year too!

In December we are having a Chili Supper at the VFW.  $5.00 gets you all the Chili you want!

If you would like to help volunteer, plan or host an event please come to a Tuesday Meeting at the Gerstenkorn Administration Building on Slifer Streer between 5:00 & 6:30 pm. Or go to the website and sign up to volunteer!

Thanks everyone!

Portage Public Library Teen Activity Center Conversations .  

We talked with several visitors to the center.  A couple families came to the Center together to check it out and other teens came on their own.  Dawn Foster had Pizza and Pop for the kids and more than a few people came to visit the PFSP Display table.  It was refreshing to speak with teens who are excited about having a Skate Park built in Portage.  They enjoy the library space and several said ‘we need more safe places for teens to just hangout in Portage.’

We talked with a couple teens who have an interest in Art and talked about ways they might be able to get involved with helping on our Portage Family Skate Park Project.  A married couple that was passing through the Teen area stopped to tell us they had a son in college now who used to love skateboarding. They are glad to see us moving forward successfully with our Skate Park Project.  Another young person said she thinks the location of the Skate Park is great because there are so many families with children living in that area.  It’s great to hear youth supporting youth and their variety of interests and it’s refreshing to hear them begin to think about what skills they have to offer in order to help make the Skate Park become a reality!

Thank you Portage Public Library for inviting us to the Teen Activity Center Open House!

  • June G. Paul, PFSP Secretary




An Interview with Lydia

Lydia is a member of the Student Council and will graduate in September 2016.  We talked at the Teen Center Open House after she stopped by our display table and said she thinks it’s great we’re building a Skate Park by the Splash Pad. 

I asked her if she was Skateboarder.

“No, I’m not and none of my close friends Skateboard, but I see Skateboarders around town and I think it’ll be good.  I think it’s in a good area because it’s open and because there are a lot of families with kids in that area that can walk to the park.”

Lydia, have you heard very much about The Skate Park Project?

“No, I haven’t.  If you hadn’t been here tonight I wouldn’t have known you have a website or seen that you have a newsletter.  Otherwise what I’ve head is, well, kind of negative.”

I asked her what she meant by ‘negative.’

“Well, I’ve heard that some parks in other cities have had some problems with their parks.  But I think it’s all about how a park is going to be run.  Ours is going to be in a central location, not isolated.”

Lydia, did you know that the park is going to have a concession stand?

“No, I didn’t!  That’s good, but is it going to be just vending machines?”

Lydia, I think the city wants the concession stand to have people running it and we’ll have cookouts and other things going on there.

“Well that’s good!  It sounds like that will also make the park a nice, safe place for teens to hang out.”

“Lydia, did you know that The Portage Family Skate Park Project screens our volunteers and committee members?  That way you know, if you are helping with the project that every one you work with at a PFSP sponsored event has been ‘approved.’”

“No, I didn’t know that either and that is really good to know.  I’m glad you do that!”

Lydia is on the Student Council and she said most of what the Council does are things around the school but they do also do bell ringing during the Holidays.  She wants the council to help spread the word about what’s happening for teens in our community.  Lydia is also involved in Forensics and said she might considered doing something centered around Skateboarding this year.

“I want to help spread the word about the Skate Park and get more positive information out to the students and public if she can.”

Lydia, I think you’re are already doing it!  Thank you for allowing me to interview you at The Portage Public Library Teen Activity Center Open House.    - June

Many Thanks to Papa Murphy's for their generous contribution of 10%  of sales on Tuesdays in October!  And thanks to all the folks who participated!

 A Brief History of Skateboarding

From President: Kyle Little

During the 80's, smaller skateboard companies owned by skateboarders started cropping up.  This enabled each company to be creative and do whatever they wanted - new styles and shapes of boards were tried. It was also during the 80's that the VCR came on the scene, and opened up the world of skateboarding to any kid, anywhere.  Stacey Peralta and George Powell pulled together a team of young talented skaters and named them the Bones Brigade.  Stacey had a talent for filming, and in 1984 shot the first of a long series of revolutionary skateboard videos - The Bones Brigade Video Show.  The team included Steve Caballero, Tony Hawk, Mike McGill, Lance Mountain, Rodney Mullen, Stacy Peralta, and Kevin Staab, among piles of other huge named skaters.  Peralta made more Bones Brigade videos - Future Primitive in 1985, and the famous Search for Animal Chin in 1987.  There are many, many more.  Skateboarding began influencing clothing styles, music and culture.

Unfortunately, near the end of the 80's, skateboarding started to dive in popularity again.  Vert skateboarding quickly lost popularity, and most skaters only rode street.  Each time skateboarding has fallen in popularity, it has fallen a little less.  But these dips in popularity have huge impacts on pro skaters.  Pure vert skaters like Tony Hawk had a very difficult time holding on through the late 80's and early 90's.  The stress on Tony Hawk was incredible, and he even lost his first wife during this time.



Build a Skate Park!

PFSP and Keith's Recycling teamed up on an Aluminum Can Recycling Project!


Save your Aluminum Cans

Bring Them to Keith's Recycling - Tell them they are for

The Portage Family Skate Park Project 

Ask for a receipt stating you donated the cans to PFSP.

It's that simple!

 An Interview with Kevin Malone

On Monday afternoon, after hearing about Sunday’s Chili Cook Off I stopped into The Blarney Stone to thank Kevin Malone and talk with him about the Skate Park and the Cook Off.

Kevin Malone is the second downtown business to show direct support of the Portage Skate Park.  Rita at Prairie Flower Beads has sponsored a few Bake Sales for the Portage Family Skate Park Project.  We are very grateful to these business owners for taking an active role in raising funds to help fund the project.

I asked Kevin if he’s ever skateboarded himself?  He smiled and kind of chuckled, ‘No,’ he said looking down and shaking his head.  “But I wanted to show support for the park because I think it’s a good thing.”

What kind of benefit do you think the Skate Park will bring to the City of Portage, our youth and families?

I think it will bring a safer place for our youth than the road and parking lots are.  And that’s a good thing, we don’t want to hear about our kids being injured in an accident and having a Skate Park will help prevent that kind of thing from happening. And you know kids, if they don't have a place to go, they’ll find a place that won’t necessarily be a safe place.

Kevin, have you had any problems with Skate Boarders in this area?

“Well not really, I mean not in quite some time.  I haven’t seen them on the Highway anyway.  But sometimes they are on the sidewalks over by the library and in the parking lot behind us.  The Skate Park will be a much better place!”

So, now tell me about the cook off, Kevin, did you have a good turnout?

“We had a great turnout June.  This was the fourth year and we had seven different chili entries.  1st Place went to Daniel Shelvan, I took 2nd place (It was the first year I entered) and John DeKeyrel took 3rd place.  And we earned somewhere around $400.  We’re pretty pleased with that!”

Thank you very much Kevin!  We’re pleased with that as well!  I wonder if anyone shares their recipes? 

Kevin laughed and smiled a pretty big smile at this point.  Shaking his head no he said, “Noooo!  No, they certainly wouldn’t, these are secret recipes!  Well, then I wonder if any of your top 3 chili folks would care to bring their chili to the fundraiser on Dec. 14th at the VFW? 

Well, maybe we might be able to do that.  I like helping our community.  Each year we help with a Community Project. The last two years we helped the Splash Pad.  I’m looking forward to hearing about more continued support from the other Downtown Businesses and members of our Community.

Thank you Kevin Malone, for taking the time to talk with me.  Thanks for taking an active role in showing support of and raising funds for The Portage Family Skate Park Project!                               

- June G. Paul



Sun. October 20th

10:00 am  -  3:00 pm

Events List


  • Oct 12th PFSP Bake Sale at Open House with Fire/Police
  • Daily - Recycling Program with Keith's
  • Daily Divine Savior Matching Contribution Program
  • Tuesdays in October - Papa Murphy's Pizza 10% OF ALL REGULAR PRICED FOOD
  • October 17th  TeenActivityCenter Open House Presentation @ The Portage Public Library 6:00 - 7:30 pm
  • October 20th  11:00 - ? Chili Cook Off at Blarney Stone
  • October 20th 10:00 - 3:00pm Brat Hut Sale @ Pierces Market Place Portage
  • November 18th Community Presentation @ Portage Public Library, Bidwell Room 6:00 - 8:00 pm
  • November 29th 6:00 pm - ? Holiday Parade
  • December 13th Living Windows 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • December 14th - Chili Supper $5 a bowl with corn bread and cake. $3 a refill.


 Many Hands Will Make

The Portage Family Skate Park a Reality!

We are looking for the following help!

Website Administrator 


People to Deliver Newsletters  

People to Hang Up Posters 

Event Volunteers  

Brat Hut Volunteers 

Able to Give Informational Presentations 

Committee Members/Advocates


If You Can Help Please Contact us



                Thank You for Helping!

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Make donations payable to: Kiwanis
Memo: Skate board park.
Mail to:
c/o Rita: Skateboard Park,
Prairie Flower Beads,
210 W Cook Street, Portage, WI 53901


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"No child left inside"  Mayor William Tierney Portage, Wisconsin

What size is our Skate Park Going to Be?  Will it be Big Enough? Too Big?

  Our Skate Park is expected to be about 75' by 110' 

In comparison

The Splash Pad is 30 X 30


A basketball court is 94' by 50'

  We think it will be a great size for our community AND it will be great for all skill levels!