President: Kyle Little

Art Director: Andrew Tamminga

Culver’s Care night 

is for giving back to our local community. We at Culver’s 2733 New Pinery Rd. Portage, WI 53901 (608) 742-7982 value the hard work you put into your charities and programs and partnered with the Portage Family Skate Park on 5/5/14. Many thanks to the Local Portage Kiwanis Members that came out to volunteer. Fay & her husband President Jim Burmeister of the Local Portage Kiwanis also Rita Briant. Rita is also the Treasury of the Portage Family Skate Park project and Owner of Prairie Flower Beads Portage. To our Art Director Andrew Tamminga and to Debbie Little for the hard work and dedication during this event. We had two new volunteers tonight that didn’t disappoint. A BIG THANK YOU FROM THE #PFSP to Patty VanHounten & Tracy Rogers.

We would also like to thank the Portage Culver’s for the many times of giving back to the community. A special thank you to Jordan Wright for working with us and helping us along today for a very successful event. Many thanks to the Crew that worked today without the frontline staff you wouldn’t enjoy such great food and service. For those who stopped in or went threw the drive threw in support of the @portagesk8park THANK YOU! This project becomes more real because of the hard work, support and dedication from a community that will always live up to this TEAM

Together Everyone Achieves More!!!!

Craig's Popcorn Stand

is not only taking donations from customers who want to donate to The Portage Family Skate Park Project, they are going to match the amount that is collected through the month of May!  Craig’s Popcorn

Stand sells more than popcorn – they have ice cream and hot dogs and sodas – you can have a full meal for a good deal when you visit his stand – take out’s only in the winter but in the spring, summer and fall you can enjoy sitting in the little outdoor café under the shade of an umbrella.

The Popcorn Stand is located near the triangle of 16 and 51 on the south side of downtown Portage. More specifically it’s located on the corner of W. Edgewater and Hwy 16 South.   Thank you Craig’s Popcorn and customers!  Together you’ll help to pop up The Portage Family Skate Park!

“The Mission of The Portage Family Skate Park Project is to build a multi-generational Skate Park Plaza for Skate Boarders of a variety of ages, skills and abilities in cooperation with the Kiwanis and the City of Portage.”


Portage Family Skate Park Marathon

Join the event

Register online

Great News!!! We are so happy to announce Push For Peace will be sponsoring the 2014 Portage Skate Park Marathon. They will Help by  provoking unity, compassion, peace, love and the appreciation for life through our passion, skateboarding! They will be bringing sponsorship to this event and spreading the word throughout social media and good old fashion word of mouth.

Great News!!! We are so happy to announce Healthsource of Portage will be sponsoring the 2014 Portage Skate Park Marathon. At the Start of the event representatives from Healthsource Portage and Representatives from a Baraboo Clinic will be providing RockTape to participants and other services.

Great News!!! We are so happy to announce Dubs Longboards of Baraboo, Wisconsin will be sponsoring the 2014 Portage Skate Park Marathon. At the end of the event representatives from Dubs Longboards will be providing President Kyle Little with a one of a kind Limited edition #PFSP Dubs Longboard to raffle off. Want to win? All you have to do is Pre-Register for the event and your entered. They will also be doing a product toss at the end of the event. Longboard the event and finish for your chance to win t-shirts, stickers and other cool prizes.

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


Portage Family Skate Park Project shirts are in thanks to our sponsor

Elements Boardshop 313 Broadway, Wisconsin Dells Wisconsin 53965 (608) 254-1104

 You can now get all your Portage Family Skate Park Project gear at Prairie Flowers Beads 210 West Cook Street Portage, Wisconsin 53901 . Stop in or call and don’t for get to ask about upcoming events.
We have Shirts ONLY $10 or 2 for $15 also Wristbands for ONLY $2.00. Take a look at the Limited Edition PFSP Stool we are raffling off for ONLY $5 a ticket.

On a dreary Monday morning, a small group gathered at Portage’s Goodyear park to celebrate the placement of a new sign declaring the park as the future home of the Portage Family Skate Park. The sign replaced last year’s banner which did not stand up to the weather as well as had been hoped. The end result is a combined effort by PFSP Art director Andrew Tamminga, Ray Burby and Tim Haddix, Owner of Who’s Yer Painter? LLC, Portage, and Matt Harmon of DC Builders, Lodi. The materials for the sign were donated with leftover items from various projects.

PFSP Art Director Andrew Tamminga

This was by far the largest and most visible advertisement I have undertaken for the Portage Family Skate Park project. Not only this sign, but all the work I do for the PFSP would not be possible without help from my friends at Who’s Yer Painter? LLC who donate office space to me and the tools to do what I do every day.

Hopefully this sign will spark a fresh wave of interest in the effort to develop a safe place for the youth of Portage to enjoy and grow. After all, the kids need a place to hang out and spend time doing what they love.

Thank you to the Portage Park and Recreation Department for donating time and man hours for placing the sign. For more updates on the project visit our facebook page at #PFSP @portagesk8park

During the month of April the following Salons located in the City of Portage are one big team headed in the same direction . . . They all donated 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 close to $60,000.

We want to send a big thank you to Hair Sensations for leading the charge with this event. Not only did they participate they went above & beyond by letting us display our information about the project and various products for sale in the store front window


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


We also want to thank Vibe Salon & Spa, Head 2 Toe and Northern Exposure for the continued support and outstanding commitment. Successful events only happen with the support of the community and local business’s.




For that we say thanks.

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 approves $240,000 for skateboard park; action non-binding

Article used with permission of Portage Daily Register.

Craig Sauer Special to the Daily Register April 11, 2014 2:54 pm

The Common Council approved a non-binding measure Thursday to borrow and spend $240,000 for a skateboard area in Goodyear Park.

The motion, made by Common Council member Frank Miller, called for the project to be bid in 2015 and constructed in 2016, with any excess funds going to other park enhancements if not needed for the skateboard project.

“My purpose in recommending this is to show that it is a priority,” Miller said Thursday.

The motion, approved on a 7-2 vote, was largely symbolic because the current Council can not bind a future Council to a financial decision, according to City Attorney Jesse Spankowski.

Common Council members Rita Maass and Rick Dodd voted in the minority.

Maass did not state the reason for her vote Thursday, but has said in the past she is leery of building new city structures when the city is not currently doing enough to keep up its current facilities. She has also expressed concerns about adding new staffing costs to the city budget.

Dodd said he voted against the measure because the city has many other infrastructure needs including improving water and sewer lines. Dodd said proponents of the skateboard park should continue to raise funds instead of the city providing it a majority of funding.

“I am just not in favor of borrowing that money at this point in time,” said Dodd, the finance committee chairman.

The city previously set aside $30,000 for the skateboard project. The skateboard area would be built adjacent to the splash pad installed in Goodyear Park last year.

Skateboard park advocates have raised close to another $30,000 for the project.

“Just for them to be speaking about it tonight is outstanding,” said Kyle Little, president of the Portage Family Skateboard Park Committee.

Little said the group is going “full bore” and has a summer full of events to assist in fundraising.

“We are plugging along,” Little said, after the meeting Thursday.

To learn more about the skateboard project, go to

A decision on whether to actually borrow and spend funds for the skateboard park will be made during the 2015 city budget process that will take place this fall.

A new Common Council, with many new faces, will be sworn-in later this month.


"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. 

Event Details: On May 31st $1 for every Medium Margarita sold that day at La Tolteca 2653 New Pinery Rd, Portage ·

(608) 745-6776 will go to the Portage Family Skate Park Project.

Event Details: Portage City Flea Market

Friday June 13th & Saturday June 14th 7am-3pm

Come to the Portage City Flea Market Featuring the Portage Family Skate Park Brat Hut also Crafts, Produce, Antiques, Collectables and so much more. Being held this year with the Portage Citywide Garage Sales. This vent is an indoor/outdoor so we’ll be there rain or shine! Held at Columbia County Fairgrounds. Proceeds from the Brat Hut Benefit the Portage Family Skate Park Contact – Parks and Recreation, 608-742-2178, fore more details.

Directions Listed below

Interstate 90/94, exit Highway 33. Proceed East on Highway 33 into Portage. Turn right (south) on East Wisconsin Street
(Business Highway 51/Highway 16). Proceed 2 miles to Wauona Trail. Turn left (east) on Wauona Trail one block to the fairgrounds.

Interstate 39, exit Highway 33. Proceed East on Highway 33 into Portage. Turn right (south) on East Wisconsin Street
(Business Highway 51/Highway 16). Proceed 2 miles to Wauona Trail.
Turn left (east) on Wauona Trail one block to the fairgrounds.

Event Details: Brat Huts are BACK!

Saturday June 21st, Saturday July 19th and Saturday July 26th all 10-2pm

Event Details: Kids Day at Culver’s in Portage

Saturday, September 20


Health, Safety & Environmental Awareness Day- Spinal, Dental and eye-screenings. Tours of a fire truck, ambulance, school bus and police car. Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Portage Food Pantry booth and you will be entered to win a prize. Come to the Portage Family Skate Park booth for information, stickers and a coloring contest to be judged at the end of the day for your chance to win a prize. We will have shirts and wristbands for sale as well.

Get your PFSP wristbands only $2.00 at Prairie Flower Beads 210 West cook Street Portage, Wisconsin 53901

Phone(608) 742-5900


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

Cilver's Month of May & June

 Best Westren

Madison, Wisconin

Zumiez EastTown Mall

 A Brief History of Skateboarding

Special edition: Evolution of skateboard wheels

From President: Kyle Little

Have you ever wondered what life was like back before Spitfire, Bones, Hubba, Ricta and Section 9 skateboard wheels were born? Let's take a brief look at the history of skateboard wheels and find out.

1920s to 1950s

The evolution of skateboard wheels made bowl skateboarding possible.

In the roaring 1920s and the several decades that followed, skateboard wheels were made of metal. The skateboards also looked nothing like the skateboards of today. They looked more like homemade scooters or soap box derby racers without the car bodies. The metal wheels provided very little, if any, traction and maneuverability. Basically riders had to go in a straight line and continually push hard to make the skateboards move.

1950s to 1960s

The design of skateboards and skateboard wheels started to change in the 1950s and 1960s. It was at this time that clay skateboard wheels were introduced. Unfortunately, the clay wheels were not much better than the metal ones. Traction, durability and maneuverability were still poor. One of the biggest problems associated with the clay skateboard wheels was that they would often seize after encountering a bump in the pavement. In addition to the seizing problem, the minimal traction and shock absorbency also made executing tricks and riding on vertical and uneven surfaces near impossible.


Once the 1970s rolled around the skateboard wheel industry was in for three watershed moments in terms of design. The first was the invention of polyurethane wheels by Frank Nasworthy in 1973 and the second was Richard Novak's 1974 introduction of a revolutionary new skateboard wheel ball bearing system. Nasworthy called his invention Cadillac Wheels and Novak perfected them and named his the Road Rider Wheel. The wheels were a hit and by 1976 People magazine reported in their July issue that "Captain Cadillac Frank" had managed to sell 300,000 sets of wheels in 1975 alone. At the time a set of Cadillac Wheels would have set you back anywhere from $4 to $8. Nowadays a set of four averages $35. Novak did just as well, selling over a million of his Road Rider Wheels by 1975. The third watershed moment was the 1975 introduction of the Bennett Skateboard Truck. Combined, these three inventions helped improve traction, maneuverability and durability, which subsequently gave rise to the development of bowl skating, vert skating and many an old school trick. 

 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!