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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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PFSP POP TO WIN RECAP!

PFSP POP TO WIN RECAP!

St. Valentine’s Day Pop to Win at Papa Murphy’s On Saturday Feb 14th the Portage Family Skatepark Project teamed up with Papa Murphy’s in Portage for a Pop to Win fundraiser. Volunteers from the PFSP were taking donations of $5 to pop a balloon for a prize. Quite a number of generous customers donated and took a chance to win …

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Address: 2915 New Pinery Rd, Portage, WI 53901

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Phone: (608) 742-2386

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Brat Hut's are Back!!!

Brat Hut's are Back!!!

ALL 10-2PM May 30th June 20th July 25th Aug 8th Aug 22nd Sept 19th Located at Pierce's Market Place Portage, Wisconsin 53901 Address: 2915 New Pinery Rd, Portage, WI 53901 Phone: (608) 742-2481

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While these projects will take a good portion of the year, the city of Portage will also be filling cracks and seal coating the Levee Trail, adding new woodchips to multiple playground facilities and working with an engineering/architectural firm for the design of the Portage Family Skate Park and phase two of the Veteran’s Memorial Field restoration.

http://www.wiscnews.com/portagedailyregister/news/local/columnists/article_3c5ba50e-3e8e-58b7-adae-914eeb69d142.html

Article contributed by: January 09, 2015 11:53 pm  • 

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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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 As some of you may or may not know, I spent a great deal of my youth growing up in the city of Portage, Wisconsin. I was an avid skateboarder. This was a daily year round passion of mine as it is for many others today.

 One of the many obstacles I endured was having a place too safely, and respectfully express this passion. Skateboarding on public streets or on private property would result in consciences no child should have to face for actively participating in a sport. What once was regarded as a crime is now a growing sport at all levels of competition. Skateboarding teaches many great life lessons including, but not limited to: Sportsmanship, Determination, Respect, Dedication and many others.

 The city of Portage is now on a fundraising mission to give the Skaters of their community a facility to enjoy and progress in their sport. It is because of my personal interest in this community we ask you to take part by sponsoring our 3rd Annual Skateboard Levee Cruise.

 EVERY dollar counts! No matter your level of participation. Whether you would like to be a corporate sponsor, or make a simple contribution.  Kyle Little is heading up this effort welcomes any questions or concerns you may have. 

 Thank you for your time and consideration,

Kyle Little

President of the PFSP

Want to sponsor the event please email us at Portageskatepark@gmail.com or call Kyle at 608.697.5960. for more details.

 

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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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Grande Cheese of Wyocena Donates!

Grande Cheese of Wyocena Donates!

Grande Cheese of Wyocena does it again for the Portage Family Skate Park Project and in a BIG way!! The workers at Grande Cheese see the need for a safe and friendly skate park for Portage and it's neighbors. What makes the people of Grande Cheese special is the commitment to the youth in the town of Wyocena and knowing …

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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

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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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City borrowing plan advances!

 

Portage Daily Register

http://www.wiscnews.com/portagedailyregister/news/local/article_7eb5ff9a-eb22-5317-820e-5f10c7ad4ac5.html

Parks and recreation: About $965,000 would be spent on improvements to parks and recreation facilities, including a skateboard park in Goodyear Park, and major work in Veteran’s Memorial Field.

 

"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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