Editor: June Paul

Art Director: Andrew Tamminga

WE'RE ALMOST THERE!   Thanks to everyone who contributed we are almost to the $5000 Challenge Grant! 

Thank You!  


Tony Hawk Foundation Matching Grant Challenge Givers



The Following Individuals and Businesses have donated

Ken & Beth Manthey

Raymond Miller

Frank Petras 

Kathy Schulz 

Brian & Julia Larkworthy

Theresa & Chris Crawley

William Tierney 

Jason Podlaski 

Doug Klapper 

Jan Heberlein-Carlson 

Jay & Rose West

Raymond and Sharon Miller 

Art and Rita Briant 

Billy Paul

Dale and June Paul 

Gwen Herrewig  

Carol J Harding

Alumni Basketball Tournament

Pam Benedon

Europlast, LTD

Meisters Forest Products 

New Life Physical Therapy  Portage Motors, LLC

The O'Brion Agency, LLC 

51 Auto Sales

51 Guns 

Babushka's Polish Food

Blau Family Chiropractic



EVENTS That earned money toward this: 

Alumni Basketball Tournament  

Brat Hut at Pierces 

Sidewalk Days Bake Sale 

Taste of Portage  

Skate Marathon  

Kids Day at Culvers 

Other Donation Jar






We had a busy summer for 2013.  Our first year of working together as a team and throwing ideas together from one week to the next.  Creative juices often flow much faster than the events pull together.  But we've enjoyed a good amount of support from the community.  From parades and floats to bake sales and the demos at Taste of Portage.  September started with our First Annual Skateboard Marathon  on Sept. 7th.  We didn't have a lot participants this first year, but we learned a lot and are already preparing for next years event! 

Kids Day at Culvers was jam packed with Kids and Parents!  The weather was perfect and there was a lot of interest in our Portage Family Skate Park Project.  It's great to have so many people in the community gathering around to support the building of a Family Friendly and Safe Skate Park!!  PFSP sponsored a Kids Coloring Contest and Nathaniel won a Brandon Hanson Autographed Skateboard Deck.  Thank you to everyone who came out in support of the youth in our city and the Skate Park Project.

On October 12th  we'll be joining the Open House at the Portage Police Department and the Portage Fire Department for another Bake Sale from 10-1pm. Located at 119 W Pleasant St Portage, WI 53901


If you would like to help volunteer, plan, host a Halloween or Harvest 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, Wisconsin Papa Murphy’s has agreed to donate 10% of their net sales every Tuesday during the month of October to the Portage Family Skate Park Project. They are going to start the Jack o’ Lantern pizzas on Tuesday the 22nd.  The Jack o’ Lantern ends on the 31st. So come hungry and eat some good take and bake for a good cause.

Located at 2936 New Pinery Rd Ste A Portage, WI 53901

 A Brief History of Skateboarding

From President: Kyle Little

The Zephyr team, and all the skaters who wanted to be like them, also made skateboarding even more edgy in the public eye, and added a strong anti-establishment sentiment that still remains in skateboarding today.

In 1978, only a few years into the popularity of this new style of low-to-the-ground skateboarding, a skater named Alan Gelfand (nicknamed "Ollie") invented a maneuver that gave skateboarding another revolutionary jump. He would slam his back foot down on the tail of his board and jump, thereby popping himself and the board into the air. The ollie was born, a trick that completely revolutionized skateboarding -- most tricks today are based in performing an ollie. The trick still bears his name, and Alan Gelfand was inducted into the skateboard hall of fame in2002.

Unfortunately, near the end of the 70's skateboarding faced its second crash in popularity.  Public skate parks were built, but with skateboarding being such a dangerous activity, insurance rates got out of control.  This, combined with less and less people coming to use skateparks forced most to close.

But skaters kept skating.  Through the 80's skateboarders started to build their own ramps at home, and to skate wherever else they could find.  Skateboarding began to be more of an underground movement, with skaters continuing to ride making the whole world into their skatepark.

If your city doesn't have a Skate Park, it is the Skate Park. 

Nicole Robertson

Why I'm Serving As Events Coordinator for the Portage Family Skate Park.


Basically and in a nutshell I'm trying to support my son in his activities and interest and I like us having time to do this together.  I think we have a little clan of skateboarders so I believe this is a good community activity.

Generally speaking this is Keegan's passion and interest. I think it's great to have another activity in our community for all of our kids to keep them busy and active.  

Keeping our children active and outside and not playing video games on or watching the television is a healthy thing.  Since this is more of an individual sport, like bike riding or roller blading, children can choose to keep challenging themselves and to encourage each other. Having a Skate park in Portage will open the door for children to find and experience a sport that isn't necessarily competitive and can be just for fun.  Not every one is competitive by nature.

Having activities around sports is a normal thing as well.  Right now our focus is on raising money and our events are focused on the same.  The community is getting involved and supporting the Portage Family Skateboard Project and we are very grateful for everyone's support.  If you have an idea for an event, or if you would like to help plan and hold an event for the Portage Family Skate Park Project please contact us via the website, fill out the 'volunteer' application and submit it and we'll be in touch with you.  You may also attend one of our Tuesday evening meetings at the Gerstenkorn Building between 5:00 and 6:30. 

At this time Jayda is planning her October wedding.  Congratulations in advance Jayda! 



Dr. Kevin Blau presents PFSP Project President Kyle Little with a check for $500.  This check is a contribution from Culvers Kids Day which is sponsored annually by Blau Chiropractic.  Thank you everyone who came to volunteer and visit the Culvers Kids Day.  The Portage Family Skate Park Project is committed to building a Safe Skate Park that will benefit families and business in our City for years to come.

 An Interview with Tim Raimer

Tim, you were the Park and Rec Director in Portage for how many years?    21 1/2 years.

That is a long time of serving the families in our community.  Thank you for that Tim. How many programs were you able to help get started and gain support for in Portage? 

Quite a few June.  Some we tried, some worked and some didn't, but we tried them anyway. 

You've been supportive of building a Skate Park for the skateboarders in our community for how long and what do you think the greatest obstacle has been to gaining support in the past? 

I've been supportive from the time I started basically.  I think it's been the City. By that I mean government and the people.  I think that their not knowing exactly what it was, having false assumptions and not being educated enough about the benefits of a Skate Park to the community was the biggest obstacle.

Why is this Skate Park still an important project to you?  Because it is something that is needed.  There really is such a large number of people in our community who do skateboard.  But because we don't have a place for them they are scattered around, so it doesn't look like many. There is such a large number of people who will benefit and more kids will get involved and bring their families into it.

What is your idea of an ideal Skateboard Park, Tim?

My ideal would be that it be  something that's going to be able to be there for a long time and one that is built strong.  Strong enough to withstand weather and skating wear and tear and also that would withstand possible vandals. 

But with more people involved do you think there will be less vandalism?  Yes.

I think the ideal park will bring people into the community and we'll have tournaments and  competitions and stuff.

Do you see that it could develop into a program within the park and rec system like T-ball and soccer have? 

Yes I do, I think when we have it built right that could definitely be a possibility. 

Tim, I've noticed there are a couple tennis courts not being used in our community.  I wonder if some people are afraid that if we build a skate park it's going to end up being like those unused tennis courts?  Do you think that is a possibility with the Skate Park Tim?   No, June I don't.  The Tennis Court on the one street was built in the wrong area.  Those courts, and some others were all built in the early 80's and they were built over concrete slabs and the concrete erodes and cracks and then the asphalt slides over it.  We don't want to build the Skate Park wrong. 

So Tim, what you are saying is if it's built right it costs more and money is always a problem.  But you think we can get this accomplished, correct?  Yes I do! 

Thank you Tim.  It took someone like Kyle to take it by the horns and get it going. 

I agree with you Tim.  Kyle had said to me, "Skateboarding is my life." when he asked for my help with the committee. 

Yes, Kyle took it by the horns and got it going and it will be a good thing.

I hope the Skateboard Park is going to be a good benefit for a long time to this community.

Tim, what do you think the greatest benefit, if you could only pick one benefit to our community, what will that be when the Skate Park is complete? 

The greatest, the biggest benefit will be giving that age group of kids a place to skate and making them feel like they are part of our community.

 To that I say AMEN.  Thank you Tim!

 - June Paul




Sunday, October 20th

10:00 am  -  3:00 pm


On October 12th  we'll be joining the Open House at the Portage Police Department and the Portage Fire Department for another Bake Sale from 10-1pm. Located at 119 W Pleasant St Portage, WI 53901

Brick Fundraiser!

Download yours today and help us build a skate park for tomorrow.


Thank You

to everyone who came to the


First Annual


Portage Family Skate Park Project

SkateBoard Marathon



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?

Those are questions we've been hearing from some people.  Our Skate Park dimensions are sized out to be 75' by 110'  (The Splash Pad is 30 X 30) so the Skate Park is planned to be significantly larger.  We think it will be a great size for our community.

 Upcoming Events

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Bake Sale on Saturday, October 12th

 Portage Fire and Police Open House   10:00 - 1:00


Brat Hut - October 20th - Pierces 10:00 - 3:00


See our website for more details.