In 1998 Gladstone School District and the Cities of Milwaukie and Oregon City, in cooperation with area youth banded together to create a place where area youth could meet and skate safely. The process of designing the park through local meetings empowered area youth who ultimately assisted in initial fund raising efforts and lobbied local governments to make their dreams of reality.
By spring 1999, both Cities and the Gladstone School District had committed $2,500 to be used to design a Skatepark. On June 2, 1999 a resolution went to the Oregon City Commission supporting the development of a Skatepark and at the same meeting the Skatepark was sited at Clackamette Park in Oregon City, just across the river from Gladstone. This site will allow for easy access along Highway 99E for the area youth from Gladstone and Milwaukie. The Park will serve as a regional Skatepark.
The youth continued to support their dream with local fundraising efforts and local businesses also stepped up to assist with design efforts. AdaPT Engineering of Portland donated Geotechnical services and Compass Corporation of Milwaukie provided a survey of the area. Lee Engineering, Oregon City, developed a drainage plan for the park, which Purkiss-Rose, RSI used in their design of the Park.
- Bicycles are now permitted to use the skatepark during an open ended trial period. We will continue to assess whether bicycles can safely coexist with skaters in the same park.
- Slow Skate. In order to provide safe access to less experienced users, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9-11am, the skatepark will only be open to inexperienced users under the age of ten.