President: Kyle Little

Art Director: Andrew Tamminga

The Good Stuff Bar and Grill in Portage, WI had exactly that on Saturday, March 1. Vendors from as far as Milwaukee gathered together to create an indoor, winter version of an arts and craft festival.

From flavored popcorn to creative homemade jewelry and intricate crocheted items, the event featured a quality variety of what the area has to offer. One booth in particular, focused on information and education rather than sales. If you consider education valuable, consider the Portage Family Skate Park presentation a success!

While other vendors focused on profits and a variety of items, the PFSP had one item for sale- a small, orange and black $2 support bracelet. Along with that, was accurate statistics about the benefits that the skatepark would bring to the area.

Attracted by a video presentation, visitors were surprised to hear how the area would benefit from the addition of a skate park to Goodyear Park. Few knew that statistics show more youth are interested in skateboarding than football and basketball combined. Many also nodded their head in agreement when they realized that if the community did not offer a skatepark, the community WAS the skatepark.

Young entrepreneur and volunteer, 8-year old Mya Lasher, made the vast majority of the bracelet sales. Sporting a PFSP t-shirt and using the best of manners, Mya held doors and chatted with nearly everyone she saw. Presenting business cards containing information on the project, few could resist when asked if they could spare $2 to show their support. After making a sale, Mya then shared a coloring sheet containing a free personal pan Pizza Hut pizza to those who had children in the area.

Although financial gain was not the highlight of event, education and accurate facts were shared in abundance. The monetary amount of additional support cannot be measured. A full-scope project book was made available, containing everything from letters of support to anticipated blue prints, newspaper articles and facts regarding the truths and myths about skate parks and skateboarders.

To learn more about the Portage Family Skate Park project yourself, please check out the website at (If you’re already here, look around!) Information regarding increased business revenue, safety and community support can be found, among much, much more. We encourage you to take a moment to check it out! You know you’re curious… that’s why you’re reading this… ;)


Portage Family Skate Park Marathon

Saturday September 6th, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

As featured on Travel Wisconsin.Com

<Please click the links below to download and print forms >

2014 PFSP Marathon Rules and Regulations

2014 PFSP Marathon Registration Waiver

Portage Family Skate Park Marathon

Rules and Regulations

  • You must register to participate in this event. Preregistration and day of registration: $20.00

  • Preregistered participants will receive an event T-shirt the day of the event (T-shirts must be picked up in person at the event or they will be forfeit), participants that register the day of the event will not receive a t-shirt unless there are some available to purchase.

  • Deadline to preregister is August 19th.

  • Preregistration payment A. May be brought to weekly meetings: Gerstenkorn Administration Building 305 East Slifer Street Portage, Wisconsin 53901 Room 20 5-6:30 PM B. May be sent to: PFSP Marathon 327 River Street Portage WI 53901 Checks should be made out to: Kyle Little-Portage Family Skate Park Please put Marathon in the memo space. C. T-Shirt Size must be indicated on Preregistration form and check memo. Shirt Sizes XXL and above are not available.

  • This event will not be rescheduled. Possible reasons the event would be canceled include but are not limited to: Rain, extreme heat, tornado.

  • Participants must be dropped off at the start point, 831 East Edgewater Street is the closest physical address “the east end of east Edgewater.”, no later than 10AM so that the event can start at 10:30, there will not be parking at the start point but there is parking at Riverside Park (end point).

  • The event starts at 10:30, NO REGISTRATION WILL BE DONE AFTER 10:30 and THERE CAN BE NO LATE STARTS.

  • All participants must follow local laws and follow direction given by event officials and volunteers.

  • All participants must bring and wear a helmet.

  • The purpose of this event is to raise money for the skate park and awareness for our sport so it is necessary that all participants show the utmost courtesy to anyone they might encounter during the event. Violation of this will result in expulsion from the event. Official and volunteers call Todd to report infractions: 608-334-4779 In the event of a major emergency call 911 and report the incident to an official and/or volunteer.


We will be gathering at Riverside Park after the event, please join us to talk skating and more. Bring food if you wish.



It was a joy to work with Kyle Little and the Portage Family Skate Park Project.  We are glad to help something that benefits the local Portage community.  If you haven’t had a chance to find what the Portage Family Skate Park is all about, then don’t wait!  They are a fun group of people that are working towards a great cause. 


We had several patients take advantage of the coupon that was offered for the months of January through February and received the best care possible.  They are now a part of the HealthSource family.  If you didn’t get a chance to take advantage of the donation special, that shouldn’t stop you from coming down to HealthSource of Portage Progressive Rehab and Wellness.  Your health is very important to us and we want to give you the opportunity to feel better.   And we will gladly except any further donations to the Portage Family Skate Park in the donation jar anytime.

Jess Noble

Office Manager Healthsource of Portage

Call (888) 977-6734 HealthSource of Portage
306 W Cook St
Portage, WI 53901
(888) 977-6734

How can we ever say thank you enough?

By Brooke McGee

HealthSource of Portage, WI is apparently not just concerned about the chiropractic health of our community. Caring about the future of Portage, our youth and the economic difference it will make, they have recently completed a fundraising event for the Portage Family Skate Park project.

Healthsource of Portage can be located at 306 West Cook Street in Portage, WI. A toll-free number (888) 977-6734, can be called for information on their extensive services. You can use your smartphone or tablet to find them on Facebook as well!

The community of Portage wants to extend a sincere welcome to Dr. Todd Bauer, DC for the cooperation and generosity extended to the PFSP. Additional gratitude is extended to local area businesses Big Dogs, Vibe Salon & Spa, Billie’s Place, and The Barber Shop for the allowing collection jars and support posters. Without the joint cooperation of so many local area businesses, the future of Portage would not be possible. THANK YOU.



By Brooke McGee

After two months of generous dedication and assistance, the Portage Family Skate Park project (PFSP) was awarded $500, delivered generously by Joe Sweeny from Pizza Hut of Portage, WI. Thirty days of cooperation and donations from countless customers greatly assisted in furthering a project that so many obviously support.

Although the individual donators cannot be known, the cooperation of our local Pizza Hut and their managers can be thanked with confidence. Without the efforts of local businesses and individuals, the PFSP would not be making the progress they are making, and so vigorously lately.

Building this skatepark one donation and one brick at a time, we are getting there. Future fundraising events are upcoming. Information can be found online at Facebook “likes” are increasing substantially, so if you’re into social media, you can follow the PFSP at Are you more of a bird fan? Tweet along with us at portagesk8park!


Did you know that if every resident in the City of Portage donated $20 to The Portage Family Skate Park Project it would be fully funded?

Did you know that if every business in Portage and the surrounding area donated just $130 to The Portage Family Skate Park project it would be fully funded?

Did you know if:

1000 people gave $210 the Skate Park would be fully funded?

2000 people gave $105 the Skate Park would be fully funded?

3000 people gave just $70 the Skate Park would be fully funded?

3500 people gave just $60 the Skate Park would be fully funded?

4000 people gave just $52.50 the Skate Park would be fully funded?

5000 people gave just $42 the Skate Park would be fully funded?

6000 people gave just $35 the Skate Park would be fully funded?

Did you know your financial contributions are tax deductible because the project is fiscally sponsored by Kiwanis?

Did you know that there have been youth in Portage that have wanted a Skate Park for over 20 years?

Do you know how to contribute?

Make your check payable to Kiwanis

Write:  Portage Family Skate Park in the memo section.

Mail or bring your check to Rita @ Prairie Flower Beads, 210 West Cook Street,  Portage  WI 53901

Council proposes commitment to skateboard park

March 14, 2014 11:30 pm  •  Craig Sauer Special to the Daily Register

The Common Council will consider making a significant financial commitment to a proposed skateboard park in Goodyear Park.

Council Member Frank Miller suggested borrowing $240,000 for the project in order to see it constructed in either 2015 or 2016.

“I just wanted do something to show that we are fully committed,” Miller told his Council colleagues at a regular meeting of the body Thursday.

The city already committed $30,000 for the project and a private fund raising group has garnered about another $25,000. The new funds would be in addition to the existing funds.

The Council could act on Miller’s proposal later this month or early April, prior to the installation of a new Council.

Several city leaders immediately jumped-out in support of borrowing money for a skateboard park.

“I want this,” Mayor Bill Tierney said. “It is a win-win.”

“It comes down to quality of life,” said Council member Michael Oszman. “I think it is a good idea and we should move forward and fund this project.”

“I am all for going ahead with this project,” said Council member Carolyn Hamre.

New city Parks and Recreation Manager Dan Kremer also welcomed the idea of being able to run department skateboard programs.

“My opinion is there is a significant value in this,” Kremer told the Council.

Plan details

The one reservation Council members expressed was the lack of an organized approach to how the skateboard park would be designed. There are several different configurations and styles and a definitive approach has yet to coalesce.

Kremer said it’s possible to build a skateboard park that accommodates a variety of usages including for various age and proficiency levels, as well as for competitions.

Since there is not a specific plan in place yet, City Administrator Shawn Murphy said setting a dollar amount sometime in the next few weeks would be a “pretty tall order.”

Murphy encouraged the city to not set a “cap” until they have a better estimate of actual construction expenses.


Miller proposed that the city design and bid the project in 2014 and then construct in 2015, but other city leaders balked at that timeline.

That would be rushing things, Council member Rita Maass said. The city already planned out its infrastructure work for the year, she noted, and adding a major project to the list would cause problems.

Maass said it would be “wiser” to design and bid in 2015 and build in 2016.

Accommodating the quicker timeline, Murphy agreed, would be “a challenge.”

A longer timeline did not seem to bother Miller, who mainly wants a city decision on a park, one way or the other.

Miller’s Council term will end in mid-April. He chose not to seek re-election.

Goodyear Park

The skateboard park is part of a larger planned youth recreation area in Goodyear Park.

Last year, with support from the Service Clubs Association, a splash pad was constructed at Goodyear. There are also plans to build a shelter and install a linear parking lot.

The project, Miller said, could be a family destination, a tourist draw, an enhancement of the city’s recreation programs and lead to a positive community image that may stoke economic development.

"I just want to skate to have fun!"

The quote is from a young boy who was talking about why he wanted a Skate Park in the City of Portage.  That's a good thing!  More kids want to skate for fun rather then becoming a  competitive skater. That's a healthy attitude for children and their families to take into this project. 

- June Paul

Current and Future Fundraiser Events

The Portage Family Skate Park would like to thank our Art Director Andrew Tamminga for this ad. We would also like to thank for the recycling program that they offer and that has inspired us to do the same in Portage, Wisconsin. 100% of the proceeds from our recycling program will go to the Portage Family Skate Park. Hit us up on Twitter. Http://


Keith's Recycling Inc.

We take Aluminum, Copper, Brass, Stainless Steel and Iron. Any of these metals may be donated for the Portage Family Skate Park Project. 

We’re Cutting to the Skate . . . Park that is!

During the month of April the following Salons located in the City of Portage are one big team headed in the same direction . . . They are all donating a percentage of their services and or sales to help The Portage Family Skate Park Project Nail its goal of raising $90,000 by this summer. We already have over $50,000.

Please mention this ad when you book your apt. or purchase your product.


We know that Skateboarders of all ages desire and need a safe place to Skate with family and friends and we want to help make that happen! 


Together we’re helping to Nail their goal of raising $90,000 by summer!!!

Head 2 Toe Salon

206 E Edgewater St · Portage · Directions(608) 745-4935


Mon 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Wed - Thu 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Fri 9:00 AM - 5:00 AM Sat 9:00 AM - 2:00 PMHours subject to change

Vibe Salon & Spa,

218 W Wisconsin St · Portage · Directions(608) 742-8423



Tue - Fri 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Sat 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Hours subject to change

Hair Sensations,

127 W Cook St · Portage · Directions(608) 742-4888



Mon 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM Tue 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM Wed 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM Thu 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM Fri 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sat 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Sun Closed Hours subject to change

Northern Exposure Salon & Spa

2910 New Pinery Rd Ste C · Portage · Directions(608) 742-5400



Mon - Thu 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM Fri - Sat 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Hours subject to change

And the Winner is... of the March Donation/Bid-O-Thon?

You can find out in our May Issue

Subscribe today at Http://Portageskatepark.Org

Want to Donate

Stop by anyone one of these Portage, Wisconsin Locations.


South Side Locations 

Red Apple Restaurant, Tamarack

Discount Liquor, Craigs Popcorn Stand

Head 2 Toe Beauty Salon


Downtown Locations

Big Dogs, Vibe Salon & Spa

Blarney Stone,Tangerine

Cathay Garden, Prairie Flower Beads

Wilz Drug, The Barber Shop


Northside of Portage

Golden Cup 2, GNC

Papa Murphy’s, Mike’s Eatery

New Life Physical Therapy

La Tolteca


 A Brief History of Skateboarding

From President: Kyle Little

Have you ever wondered about the history of skateboarding shoes? After all, skate shoes are an essential part of skateboarding gear and Active Marketing Group reports they generated an estimated $1.5 billion dollars in U.S. sales in 2007 alone. Let's take a brief look back to see where it all began. 1960s

Skateboarding can be hard on skate shoes.

Prior to 1965 enterprising skateboarders made due with whatever footwear they had, including going "au natural." Then 1965 rolled around and the forward thinking company, Randolph Rubber came up with what is considered to be the first skateboard specific shoe, the Randy 720. The creation of the Randy 720 was the epitome of sound marketing. The shoe's design embodied solutions to a skateboarder's need for fortified footwear without sacrificing too much control. At the time, one of the men behind the helm at Randolph Rubber Company was Paul Van Doren. In 1966, Van Doren left the company to form his own, which began manufacturing skate shoes under the Vans name. He and his partners opened their first store in California and the beloved Vans shoe brand quickly became synonymous with skateboarding. The company was eventually acquired by the McCown De Leeuw & Company in 1988 for the tidy sum of $71 million dollars.


 Many Hands Will Make

The Portage Family Skate Park a Reality!


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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!