---

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.

• 

Discuss where we are in our planning and fundraising stages

• 

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

• 

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

---
---
Portage Family Skate Park Levee Cruise 2015 Recap!!!

Portage Family Skate Park Levee Cruise 2015 Recap!!!

https://youtu.be/RDWxDwmE1D8 Excitement filled the air on September 5th, at Riverside Park in Portage, Wisconsin at 10am.  Community happened; The result was a rewarding sense of meaningfulness and happiness.  The most desired human emotion is that of community.  The 3rd annual Levee Cruise brought an estimated 100 people together for an outstanding expression of what Portage is all about. The theme …

Read more.

---

This just in Portage Family Skate Park Project 2015 Levee Cruise Shirts. Want yours please visit Prairie Flower beads Portage.

---
Giving is Living.

Giving is Living.

Giving is Living. A healthy sense of fulfillment in life comes from giving.  The Portage Family Skate Park had a blast on Saturday, August 29 with Willy from Willy’s Weenie Wagon in downtown Portage on Rt. 16.  Willy wanted to contribute to the community of Portage by serving the Portage Family Skate Park.  So, he generated the idea of a …

Read more.

---
Portage Family Skate Park Values the Next Generation.

Portage Family Skate Park Values the Next Generation.

The best strategy a community of adults can have to build a better future is to make our children aware of the impact they have as individuals and as the collective next generation at the local level.  Portage Family Skate Park values the next generation and is committed to intentionally teaching our Portage youth that their actions make a difference.  …

Read more.

---
PFSP Brats at the Portage Flea Market Aug 8th

PFSP Brats at the Portage Flea Market Aug 8th

PFSP Brats at the Portage Flea Market Aug 8th It was a fun filled Saturday at the Columbia County Fairgrounds where the Portage Family Skatepark Project volunteers sold brats and other food and refreshments as a part of the Portage Citywide Flea Market. There was a lot going on Saturday besides the Flea Market. There was softball being played at …

Read more.

---
Cheerful @Portagesk8park

Cheerful @Portagesk8park

Have you ever spent time around a “cheerful” person?  Cheerfulness improves your sense of well being, makes life more fun, and makes the people around you feel better! Serving with the Portage Family Skate Park gives Portage youth the opportunity to be “cheerful.”  At our July 11 City-Wide Brat Hut, 2 Committee Members and 4 Youth enjoyed serving the city …

Read more.

---

Show your support for skater independence. Purchase a tag in store or print from the picture below and your purchase of $1 or $5 will be donated to the PFSP. Don't forget to take a photo with the tag an upload it to facebook.com/portageskatepark You can find the tags at any place located on our supporters list. Want a faster way to donate think PayPal

---
---
---
Last Portage Citywide Flea Market was a Big Success.

Last Portage Citywide Flea Market was a Big Success.

On Saturday September 5th the Portage Family Skatepark Project was selling Brats and refreshments at the Columbia Co. Fairgrounds with the City Wide Flea Market. We are happy to report that it was our most successful Brat Fundraiser so far this summer, raising more than $200 in one afternoon. Saturday’s City wide Flea Market was the last of the summer …

Read more.

---

• 

Address: 2915 New Pinery Rd, Portage, WI 53901

• 

Phone: (608) 742-2386(608) 742-2386

---
It's a Brat thing! #PFSP @Portagesk8park

It's a Brat thing! #PFSP @Portagesk8park

June 20th 2015 For the 2nd time the rain came again, but that didn't stop the Portage Family Skate Park committee and Volunteers from holding the brat hut at Pierce's market place Portage. Around 10:30am the rain stopped and we never stopped selling our great brats all day. We had music and balloons and one of the volunteer members let …

Read more.

---
The 1st of many!

The 1st of many!

Opening city flea market 6-13-15 Despite the weather there was a pretty nice turn out for this year’s opening flea market. Many friends old and new were seen and met; and fed! The PFSP sold a lot of bratwurst, the rain can’t stop us, or hunger! Todd Miller Vice President PFSP The rain didn't put a damper on the sale …

Read more.

---
First Brat Hut of 2015!

First Brat Hut of 2015!

First Brat Hut of 2015! It was a rainy and foreboding morning on Saturday, May 30th, but that didn’t stop the Portage Family Skatepark Project from breaking out the grill at Pierce’s for our first Brat Hutt of the summer. The combination of gloomy weather and the Portage Canal Days Parade and downtown events made our odds of making a …

Read more.

---
A little extra!

A little extra!

On the rainiest canal days celebration in 15 years supporters of the Portage Family Skate Park Project stood outside under a tent supplied by Art and Rita from Prairie Flowers Beads. Many thanks to Nancy Ferguson, David Considine, Kelly and Elisa Sternberg for spending time serving our guest's. Many thanks to all those who came and purchased baked goods and …

Read more.

---
Ask and you shall receive!

Ask and you shall receive!

Over a couple of weeks ago the pfsp committee started looking for a grill and the amount of calls, email and texts that came in from people from all over was OUTSTANDING! So much Portage Pride was shown over the last couple weeks that it brought President Kyle Little to the door step of Mike Davis. Mike first contacted Kyle …

Read more.

---
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(608) 742-2481

Read more.

---
Final PFSP Brat Hut at Pierce’s in 2015

Final PFSP Brat Hut at Pierce’s in 2015

  On Saturday Sept. 19th the Portage Family Skate park Project held its final Brat Hut for 2015 at the Pierce’s Brat Hut stand. It was an absolutely beautiful day for grilling brats to raise money for the PFSP. Once again our friend Brian was expertly manning the grill while Andrew, Debbie, and Mariya served customers with a smile. Pierce’s …

Read more.

---
PFSP Easter Egg hunt at Goodyear Park was a big success!

PFSP Easter Egg hunt at Goodyear Park was a big success!

PFSP Easter Egg hunt at Goodyear Park was a big success! Around noon Kyle and I arrived at Goodyear Park for a second annual Easter Egg Hunt. As our helpers spread out the little plastic eggs throughout the park, Kyle and I braced ourselves for the worst as the park seemed almost deserted. Slowly but surely small family groups began …

Read more.

---

PFSP Bake Sale Oct. 10, Saturday 2015 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
It is in conjunction with the police and fire open house. If baked goods are donated to the PFSP please deliver by 8:30am

---

PFSP Easter egg hunt successful

Portage Family Skate Park held an Easter egg hunt on April 5 at Goodyear Park in Portage. Two golden eggs were found by two lucky hunters, Donavyn Fehd, 7, who won a custom Perimeter skatedeck with grip tape, and Camdin Erickson, 4, who won a stuffed bunny. The rest of the eggs were filled with wristbands, stickers and more. The PFSP is still raising funds to build the skatepark addition to Goodyear Park and has a variety of ways to donate, from a PayPal donation on the website at www.portageskatepark.org, to writing a personal check for a tax deductible donation, or buying a personalized brick to be used in the construction of the park. Pictured from left are Jessica Meier holding Gabryella Meier, Donavyn Fehd, Kyle Little, Camdin Erickson and Ethan Erickson.

http://www.wiscnews.com/portagedailyregister/lifestyles/announcements/article_44d7de35-77e2-53b2-b5db-eae5e21bb785.html

---

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  • 

---

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 …

Read more.

The Portage Family Skate Park Project is now excepting sponsorship requests for the 2015 Levee cruise. Interested parties should contact Vice President Todd Miller of the PFSP at todd.portageskatepark@gmail.com http://portageskatepark.org/…/3rd-annual-skateboard-levee-…/ want to participate follow the link below and forms are listed on the webpage. Portage, Wisconsin and Levee Cruise nothing but fun! Healthsource of Portage, Revolutionary Skateboards, Dubs Longboards, State Line Skate Design, Push for Peace, Sheila Link Agency, Inc - American Family Insurance - Portage, WI, New Life Physical Therapy / Sports Medicine / Employee Health are you in? The cost to register sponsorship this year is $75.

---
Margarita Night!!

Margarita Night!!

This Just in!!! #PFSP committee member Russell Cline met up with the Manager of La Tolteca,​ Alonso, to except a check for $127.00 from our Margarita night that took place on May 30th. Thank you to Alonso and crew also everyone that came out to support the Portage Family Skate Park Project​.

Read more.

---
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 …

Read more.

---
"PFSP Shows Their Appreciation!"

"PFSP Shows Their Appreciation!"

PFSP shows their appreciation to those volunteers, committee members and local business owners. Top Left Jared Pierson, top right Rusty Cline, bottom left Mike O'Brion and bottom right Kevin Malone All receiving recognition for outstanding volunteer service also above and beyond commitment to the Portage Family Skate Park Project.

Read more.

---
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 …

Read more.

---
Support Skater Independence!

Support Skater Independence!

Support Skater Independence! It’s July and on the 4th, we Americans celebrate our right to independence. What is independence? Some would say, perhaps, maybe it’s the freedom to pursue your own dreams.  When we were young, we were probably told by someone, that if we work hard we could be anything we want. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the truth. There …

Read more.

---
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 …

Read more.

---

Brick Fundraiser!

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

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

 

---

Today at Prairie Flower Beads Portage, Wisconsin we selected the winner of the Portage Country Club raffle. Congratulations Angie Gaffney from your friends at the Portage Family Skate Park Project.

---
---
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 …

Read more.

 

Make donations payable to: Kiwanis
Memo: Portage Family Skatepark Project 
Mail to:
c/o Rita: Portage Skatepark,
Prairie Flower Beads,
210 W Cook Street, Portage, WI 53901

 

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING

THE

PORTAGE FAMILY SKATEPARK PROJECT!

 

---

Goodyear Park addition nears completion.

A crew from Mid Wisconsin Masonry works on a new restroom facility Thursday at Goodyear Park in Portage. The structure at the site of the Splash Pad is nearing completion. Pictured underneath the scaffolding is Vince Volkey, owner of Mid Wisconsin Masonry, and on top are Jake Volkey, his son, and Phil Czajka, at right. "The two bathroom facilities are both being built right now, one at Veterans Memorial Park and one at Goodyear Park," said Dan Kremer, director of Parks and Recreation for Portage. "For the skate park, we will be recruiting a design consultant this year. It’s in the budget and without something unforeseeable, the skate park will be constructed in 2016."                                                                                                         

---
Another unique but successful Fund-raiser.

Another unique but successful Fund-raiser.

Portage Family Skatepark Project pulls off another unique but successful Fund-raiser with a “Catch the Leprechaun” theme. Several local businesses sold tags with clues to “catch the Leprechaun for prizes. Word spread throughout town pretty quickly. A few tags were sold and by St. Patrick’s Day everybody who cared was waiting to catch the Leprechaun. The day of St. Patrick’s …

Read more.

---

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

---
---
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 …

Read more.

---

Make a difference by volunteering!

A growing movement in community volunteerism and organizational leadership in Portage is promoting cultural development and stability.

I am encouraged by the growing movement of community volunteerism and organizational leadership in Portage. Committed to being an active and helpful part of the city, my wife and I have been inspired more, year after year, by volunteerism in Portage. Community involvement builds trust among citizens, connects people to resources, provides opportunity for thoughtful reflection, and develops new leaders. In short, it produces development and stability.

I have the privilege of connecting with many leaders and volunteers in the Portage community who are major contributors to the health and stability of the city. These leaders and volunteers are people who passionately and skillfully draw the best out of everyone, developing unseen potential, for the betterment of the whole community.

Recently, I made the thoughtful decision to volunteer with the Portage Family Skate Park because they have the right leadership heart, an effective strategy, and a tried-and-true commitment to the health of your city. These are the kind of people I want to be around because they make me and us better. Together, we can do more for your future.

The Portage community is promoting cultural development and stability. Join the positive cultural movement by considering the following action steps:

• Support the city’s organizational leaders and volunteers. When you don’t like a decision or a cause, promote community togetherness by honoring one another. Promoting your view positively without speaking negatively is appealing and healthy. A culture of healthy discussions produces the best solutions.

• Volunteer to serve for an effective local cause that promotes development. Volunteering means that you love your city and want to participate in it’s culture creating a place where people can share values, exchange information and ideas, and advance cultural development. There is nothing more fun than serving the community with the people you love. Portage Family Skate Park volunteers meet on Tuesday, 5pm, at the Gerstenkorn Admin Building, Room 20, 305 East Slifer Street.

• The greatest generation of Americans grew through the trials of the Great Depression. They had a saying, “Count your blessings, name them one by one.” People who make time to consider their privileges live happily, enjoy work, produce positive results, and leave a legacy.

I’m excited to be a part of Portage’s many active groups making a difference.

Jared Pierson, Portage

http://m.wiscnews.com/portagedailyregister/opinion/mailbag/article_1d520f81-5a38-50a6-a8df-a5a04d2c7751.html

 

---
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 …

Read more.

---
---

Portage Family Skate Park on path for 2016 completion

Credit - Portage Daily Register Noah Vernau nvernau@capitalnewspapers.com 608-745-3519

Sep 2, 2015

The idea has been floated for nearly two decades, but less than one year from today a skate park in Portage might become a reality.

Portage Family Skate Park committee members expect to break ground at Goodyear Park next spring on what could be the state’s second-largest skate park, with construction completion estimated for July.

PFSP President Kyle Little said that, to date, $30,000 has been allocated from the city for the project and the group itself has raised about $40,000, which includes $10,000 from the Tony Hawk Foundation.

While nothing is official just yet, Little said, the expectation is that another $150,000 to $170,000 will be written into the city’s 2016 fiscal budget for skate park construction.

“All the signs are pointing to ‘yes,’” Little said, noting support from Mayor Bill Tierney and other city leaders. “We’re making history in Portage.”

Little said the park could be anywhere from 8,000 to 15,000 square feet, depending “on where the dollars and cents go.” The park would follow the successful construction of a $2-million skate park in Madison’s Central Park, which is set to open Sept. 10 as the biggest skate park in Wisconsin.

PFSP has been raising funds for the skate park since the group’s inception in December 2012. The group has participated in a number of local events in that time, including Taste of Portage, Kids Day, the Holiday Parade, selling bratwursts at the city flea markets, and the group will hold its third annual “Levee Cruise” event Saturday in Riverside Park.

“It’s going to be something special,” Little said of Levee Cruise, which involves several local sponsors orchestrating a scavenger hunt.

Levee Cruise begins at 9:45 a.m. with free skate lessons from Nicholas Ramirez of Revolutionary Skateboards. Registration for the sponsor-led scavenger hunt begins at 10 a.m.

Sponsors will provide clues for participants of the hunt that begins at the north end of the levee at the corner of West Edgewater Street and McFarland Road. The hunt, which totals six miles roundtrip, will travel the length of the levee and then come back to Riverside Park for after-ride festivities that include live music, food, a corn toss and water balloon toss.

Participants of the event will have a chance to meet the famed “Skateboard Cop,” a Green Bay police officer who patrols the streets on a skateboard.

“He’s an amazing role model,” said Jared Pierson, vice president of the committee. “That he’s coming here as an investment in our community is awesome.”

More information about the event can be found at portageskatepark.org.

Long time coming

The idea started about 20 years ago, Little said, when he and his parents would attend city meetings and research the possibility of bringing a skate park to Portage. He learned a lot about city planning and advocacy in those years, despite many hurdles, and when former Mayor Ken Jahn and former Parks and Recreation Director Tim Raimer approached him about leading a skate park committee a few years ago, Little did not hesitate to jump on board.

PFSP has now received support from across the community and state — something that did not go unnoticed by Pierson, who joined the committee a year ago because he sensed a “culture of excellent leadership.”

“I believe in the heart of it, the vision of it and what it means for our future generations to come,” Pierson said. “It’s called Portage ‘Family’ Skate Park for a reason, as it’s clearly something that’s for the benefit of the community.”

PFSP has been so successful in its advocacy that the organization has helped efforts for skate parks in Beaver Dam and Appleton, Little said.

“A lot of people have been coming to us throughout the state, using us as almost a template of how this is supposed to be done, working with your city and local civic organizations and leaders.”

Impact

Building a skate park in Portage will bring new business to Portage and will help the housing market in the area, Little said.

“Can you imagine seeing a recreational complex of that magnitude right in the central hub of Portage?” Little said. “That will catch your eye if you’re a passerby. That might intrigue you to visit, that might intrigue you to stay.”

There’s talk Madison could be picked for the 2019 X-Games, an event that only hints of the possibilities for Portage, Little said. “If that happens, where do you stay and play? Portage. If we have the second-biggest potential skate park, they’ll come here to stay and play and have a big following.”

Business aside, Little said the biggest impact of the skate park will be for families.

“Skateboarding is not just for an individual anymore. It’s for the entire family, and skateboarders are getting younger and younger. We want a safe place for them to hone their skills, to be able to skateboard freely, as well as to interact with people they might not interact with any other day.

“It’s going to be great for the community, great for the environment and it’s going to get people to get to know new families. It’s a family project, and we’ve said that from Day One.”

---

Skate park deserves respect, support!

Portage Family Skate Park Project, and why I have joined the committee.

I am from Rio and I am a husband, father of a recent college graduate, a homeowner and am employed by a large company in the Portage area. I am 56 years old and have been a “skater” for over 40 years. The reason for this letter is twofold. First and foremost is to have people understand that we who skateboard are not hoodlums. We are not thugs. We are not out to harass, disrespect, cause mayhem or terrorize the neighborhood. We are students, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, fathers, mothers, aunts and uncles. We are hardworking contributors to the community and law abiding citizens. We are also very aware of the need for a venue that will promote social gathering as well as a place of healthy, physical outdoor activity.

Secondly, I want everyone to be aware of the hours and hours of dedication, perseverance and hard work that the PFSP committee has put in to this project. I need to mention Kyle Little, the president of the committee. I met him only five weeks ago and was instantly impressed with him, even though I expected someone twice his age! His passion for this project is unparalleled and I knew within 10 minutes of the first meeting I attended that I was hooked. To the doubting groups that may not necessarily buy in to this idea, remember something very important. Once it is built, it will generate revenue for your community. The families that will be traveling here to use it will certainly be going out for lunch, buying ice cream and visiting the shops downtown. This isn’t a speculation -- you have residents in the area who regularly leave town with their kids to use the parks in other places.

The other way in which the skate park will be an investment for your town is even more important. It will be an investment in your youth, which will produce positive returns now and in the future.

Remember, the youth today will be adults in your community before you know it. If we show them now that they are valued members of the town, it is much more likely that they will grow up to be adults with the kind of values that a community needs to thrive. Let’s make this family skatepark happen.

D. Russell Cline, Rio

http://m.wiscnews.com/portagedailyregister/opinion/mailbag/article_4ab234bd-eeda-52b9-91b4-d248e21a4d3b.html

---
Final PFSP Brat Hut at Pierce’s in 2015

Final PFSP Brat Hut at Pierce’s in 2015

  On Saturday Sept. 19th the Portage Family Skate park Project held its final Brat Hut for 2015 at the Pierce’s Brat Hut stand. It was an absolutely beautiful day for grilling brats to raise money for the PFSP. Once again our friend Brian was expertly manning the grill while Andrew, Debbie, and Mariya served customers with a smile. Pierce’s …

Read more.

---
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? …

Read more.

---