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MEETINGS:

When:

Every Tuesday 5:00 – 6:30 pm

*If the Portage, Wisconsin Schools are closed or released early the PFSP meeting will be canceled and announced on our facebook.com/portageskatepark page as canceled or with a new meeting location as soon as possible* Cancelations and Closings can be found at this link http://www.wkow.com/category/176140/closingscancellations

Where:   The Gerstenkorn Administration Building – Room 20 305 East Slifer Street Portage WI 53901

What we do: –    Answer your questions.

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Discuss where we are in our planning and fundraising stages

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Brainstorm and talk about what’s working and what isn’t

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New people bring new ideas and insights so everyone is welcome to attend a meeting

 

We also have shirts & wristbands and other items for sale.

Want to Volunteer?  Contact us at portageskatepark@gmail.com

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Hot and Spicy recap!

Hot and Spicy recap!

What a hot and spicy good time the Portage Family Skate park committee had at the Blarney stone. On December 13th the Blarney Stone had there 4th Annual Chili Cook Off . There were nine chili's in the contest, which three judges tasted them all. Some even twice to find just the right one. The judges were Loren Lippitt, Dan …

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Holiday Benefit for the Portage Family Skate Park Project Thursday December 11th 11am-7pm

Open extended hours for holiday shoppers Plenty of FREE parking on Broadway

20% off all Regular priced Items

Decks, Trucks, Wheels, Completes, Caps, Beanie, Hoodies, Tees, Jeans 10% of net sales proceeds from entire day will be donated by Elements to the Portage Family Skate Park Project

Plan your holiday shopping Buy Local Support your local shop

Elements Board Shop 313 Broadway, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 53965

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Malone’s Blarney Stone Chili Cook off to benefit the Portage Family Skate Park Project Sunday December 14th! Doors open at 11am. Registration 11-noon tasting to follow.
Location 220 West Wisconsin Portage, Wisconsin
Phone for details 608.742.3116

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It's a POP to WIN Recap!!

It's a POP to WIN Recap!!

The PFSP had a blast on November 28th 2014 at Papa Murphy's Portage where we held our first Pop to win fundraiser. We had over one hundred balloons, which people then popped a balloon and received a prize, from pot holders, pizza pans, cheese graters, PFSP wristbands and of course Papa Murphy's coupons. Are biggest prize's were the donation of three …

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Address: 2915 New Pinery Rd, Portage, WI 53901

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Phone: (608) 742-2386

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Thanks to Skate Park Project

I wanted to thank the Portage Family Skate Park Project for inviting us at HealthSource of Portage to the marathon held Sept. 6. We had a Rocktape station set up for those who were participating and later to anyone that wanted to try it. We also had a coupon promotion that ran the whole month of August and September, to give a $27 donation to the PFSP and then receive a free exam and X-rays.

We are so thankful to those that do give a donation to a great cause that is putting the interest of the youth in our community. They are often forgotten about. I can’t stress enough to others how important that it is we put the future before us and show our youth they are a part of it. We can’t wait to participate in the PFSP marathon next year. Thank you.

Jessica Noble, HealthSource of Portage

http://www.wiscnews.com/portagedailyregister/news/opinion/mailbag/article_e7240066-fab2-59b2-94ef-80668f45ae53.html

Contributed by: Volunteer for the PFSP

Published by: Portage Daily Register

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Skate park group pleased with Kid's Day

The Portage Family Skate Park Project was elated to be back for another Culver’s Kid’s Day event. We are extremely proud to be associated with Culver’s and all of the organizations who come each year to gather for a fun and educational event for families.

This year the event raised funds for the Portage School District sports programs. There were race cars, fire trucks, police cars, and even a chance to say hello to a local police dog. There was a plethora of kid’s activities to participate in -- from an obstacle course, to a coloring contest, and even a bounce house. Truly a family-oriented event and we at the PFSP can’t wait to do it again next year. The winner of the pfsp deck was Shaniya Watkins. We had 24 coloring contest entries.

Andrew Tamminga, Portage

http://www.wiscnews.com/portagedailyregister/news/opinion/mailbag/article_aee6dc84-903f-58fe-8808-81864d52d0e1.html

Contributed by: Art Director of the PFSP

Published by: Portage Daily Register

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PFSP announces winner of coloring contest

The Portage Family Skate Park Project was back for another Culver’s Kid’s Day event. This year the event raised funds for the Portage School District sports programs. There were race cars, fire trucks, police cars and even a chance to say hello to a local police dog. There were plenty of activities to participate in, including an obstacle course, a coloring contest and a bounce house. There were 24 coloring contest entries and the winner of the Portage Family Skate Park deck was Shaniya Watkins.

http://www.wiscnews.com/portagedailyregister/lifestyles/announcements/article_9dbee9b7-eb11-5200-a73d-a9d539eaffa5.html

Contributed by: President of PFSP

Published by: Portage Daily Register

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What a spooky good time!

What a spooky good time!

What a spooky good time the PFSP had with our October event. We handed out tags with pumpkins on them to many of the business's in Portage who than sold them. The business that sold the most received a trophy. Each week members from the PFSP would stop by the business's and check how they were doing. We would talk awhile about …

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3rd Annual SkateBoard Levee Cruise 2015!

3rd Annual SkateBoard Levee Cruise 2015!

Portage Family SkateBoard Levee Cruise 2015 Event Description: Join the Portage Family Skate Park Committee for it's 3rd Annual Skateboard Levee Cruise to raise funds for the Portage Family Skate Park Project. The push is a just under 6 mile round trip of the scenic levee trail then ends at Riverside Park for a bring your own picnic. This push …

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Wheels in Motion! 2014 PFSP Skateboard Marathon.

Wheels in Motion! 2014 PFSP Skateboard Marathon.

Debbie Little-Volunteer The Portage Family Skate Park held their 2nd annual marathon on September 6th what a blast! Each entry got a tee shirt. This tee shirt had each sponsor name on it. The tee shirts came from Design 1 apparel. They did a great job. The skaters, skated down Edgewater street to the levee, where many of the skaters, …

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PFSP Gear for Sale in stores now!

PFSP Gear for Sale in stores now!

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.  http://prairieflowerbeads.com/ We have Shirts ONLY $10 or 2 for $15 also Wristbands for ONLY $2.00. Take a look at the Limited Edition PFSP deckstool.com Stool …

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Is my (grand)child old enough to skateboard?

Is my (grand)child old enough to skateboard?

I remember wondering this when my first grandson came home with skateboarding gear after visiting an uncle.  To me, skateboarding seemed risky and dangerous.  But as I watched him putting on his knee pads and helmet like a pro and say with a smile from ear to ear 'Watch me Grandma!' and sail down the driveway and sidewalk (they have …

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Brick Fundraiser!

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

http://portageskatepark.org/2013/08/09/pfps-brick-fundraiser/

 

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PFSP & Deckstool.com Teamup for Raffle

PFSP & Deckstool.com Teamup for Raffle

How would you like your chance to win a limited edition deckstool made of limited edition Portage Family Skate Park Decks? Well you can stop down to Prairie Flower Beads Portage at 210 West Cook st Portage, WI 53901 608-742-5900. Raffle tickets are $5.00 and are limited just like the prize. ONLY two exists in the world.

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Team Up with Keith's Recycling and PFSP

Team Up with Keith's Recycling and PFSP

Keith's Recycling has set up an account for The Portage Family Skate Park Project.  Here is how it works - You save your aluminum cans and take them to Keith's Recycling at 1030 Silver Lake Drive, Portage, WI. Tell them you want them credited to The Portage Family Skate Park Project.  They will give you a receipt showing you donated to …

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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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THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING

THE

PORTAGE FAMILY SKATE PARK PROJECT!

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 An Interview with Keegan

 Keegan has come to almost all of the Portage Family Skate Park Project meetings.  He'll be going into 8th grade this year and got his first skateboard when he was only 3 years old but it wasn't until he was 9 that he really learned how to skateboard. 

"My dad is a skateboarder so it's something we did because he did.  I was 9 when I really started paying attention and did my first ollie."  Keegan continued talking but I had to ask him to slow down and explain something.

I asked: "What is an Ollie?"  He smiled patiently and answered with a smile, "Oh, well an ollie is basically jumping with the skateboard.  It's when you pop yourself up with the board."  I nodded and said, 'Oh!  You mean when you kinda jump up a little and the skateboard comes of the ground?!"  Yes! he nodded his head and said, 'You understand! "  I told him I thought some people would be laughing when they read this and learn how ignorant I am.  He said he didn't think they will and I guess I don't care if they do - I laugh at my ignorance from time to time myself, nice to have a chuckle once in awhile. 

"What do you like best about skateboarding Keegan?"  'The extremeness of the sport.  I mean, I'm an adrenaline junkie I guess.  I like taking risks with my board and the rush it gives me.  I like pushing myself and it's not a bad way to get a rush."  I nodded in agreement.  Do you enjoy any other sports Keegan?  Well, I just started racing motorcycles, motor cross races and I'll probably get to play basketball this year." 

It sounds like you're a busy person Keegan.  Do you think you will ever become a competitive skater?  "Competitive?  Well, I sorta am now - I competed in a random competition at the Baraboo Skate Park when I was 12 and took 1st place.  I couldn't participate this year because I was busy participating in fundraising for our own park this year. I'm excited about the Skate Park.  I'm a street skater, there are vert skaters, ramp skaters and street skaters."  

Will you be using the Skate Park then, if you are a street skater?  "Yes!  like I said I'm excited because our park is going to have steps and rails and that's what street skaters like, hills, steps and rails.  I'll for certain be using the Portage Skate Park!  I go to different skate parks in Madison, Monona and Milwaukee.  The one  in Monona has a pool nearby so I skate, swim and go skate again.  It's great!" 

Do you have a lot of skateboarder friends Keegan?  "Oh, I'd say probably about 10 or so, there used to be more of us but some haven't stuck with it as long as the rest of us.  That's ok, some I'm still friends with but they don't skate.  Keegan said so far he's only had one injury while skateboarding.  He broke his arm when he was younger, but it healed up just fine and is actually stronger than his other arm. It freaked me out more than hurt - but I got over it and it didn't stop me from skating or doing other things.  The most common injury is a rolled ankle and that hasn't happened to me."

Will you be skateboarding and doing some tricks at The Taste of Portage this year?  "Yes!  anyone can come on the 24th and bring their board with them.  My Dad is going to bring some ramps, rails and a grindbox."  (that reminded me of a monkey with a box, you know - so I had to ask for an explanation)  A grindbox is basically as wide as two or three park table benches and is raised up off the ground a little bit."

I really enjoyed talking with keegan at the potluck picnic we had for the first annual Youth Fundraiser Contest. I'm even more convinced we are moving in the right direction on behalf of the youth in our community. - June Paul, Secretary for the Portage Family Skate Park Project.

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

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What kind of future is there for Skateboarders anyway?

What kind of future is there for Skateboarders anyway?

There are many people who base a lot of their decisions on academics so I decided to do a search on skateboarders with college degrees.  I searched several sights – and found skateboarders who had earned degrees in Psychology, Chemistry, English, Business, Anthropology, Creative Writing, So what kind of future is there for a skateboarder?  Whatever kind of future the …

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Is skateboarding a bad influence?

Is skateboarding a bad influence?

The following is an article written by Steve Cave.  Steve is a professional skateboard instructor who has been teaching through skate clubs, books, websites and magazines.  He has given us permission to quote parts of his answer to this question in our website, newsletter and flyer. Question:  Is skateboarding a bad influence? "A young skater named Noah wrote and told …

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Why Would Your Business Want to Team Up in Fundraising with and for The Portage Family Skate Park?

Why Would Your Business Want to Team Up in Fundraising with and for The Portage Family Skate Park?

Why indeed would your business want to Team Up with The Portage Family Skate Park Fundraising Efforts? 1.  Did you know that Restaurant Business is shown to increase by anywhere from 4% to 8% in communities where Skate Parks exist?   What is your daily, weekly, monthly, annual income? 2.  Did you know that Retail Business is also shown to increase? …

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