World Class Public Skateparks for All
Quality public skateparks in our common spaces for the physical and mental health of youth and our communities.
City of Skate is a coalition of Twin Cities skaters, parents, and allies whose mission is to design and develop innovative public skate-spaces for creative expression, discovery, community, conversation, and health.
City of Skate has collaborated with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board on a comprehensive Skate Park Activity Plan for Minneapolis Parks. The MPRB Skate Park Activity Plan calling for at least 20+ skateparks and skate-spaces citywide, was unanimously approved by the MPRB at their January 3rd, 2018 meeting.
City of Skate is working in partnership with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and other community stakeholders to:
- Develop new skateparks suitable for skaters of all ages and abilities within spaces that create positive community spaces for all.
- Improve existing skateparks that meet current standards, community needs and with water management design.
- Create education opportunities to introduce more youth and communities to skateboarding
- Support events and programs that highlight positive skate culture
A well-designed skatepark provides a safe environment for equity recreation and becomes a social, active community space. If constructed properly, a good skatepark should blend into its surrounding park and require little maintenance. If constructed to highest quality and standards, skateparks are a high use, high value community investment.
Great parks make great communities. And, here in the Twin Cities, we have some of the best parks in the nation. In fact, the Trust for Public Land currently ranks Minneapolis and St. Paul number 1 and 2 in the nation on its annual ParkScore rating system. We need World Class Skateparks to make our parks even better.
Of all the projects I’ve worked on over the years, I think that City of Skate has been the most inspiring.Peter Whitley, author of “The Public Skatepark Development Guide” & former Tony Hawk Foundation programs director
City of Skate with community advocacy has accomplished:
- 2022 – Help reestablish the Bde Maka Ska Pop-Up skatepark with MPRB and the Minneapolis skateboard community.
- 2022 – February thru May – Advocating for the full $15M funding of the established MN State Skate Park Grant program.
- 2021-2022 Help lead community engagement for the concept, design and build of the Painter Park Skatepark. Build summer 2022.
- 2021 – November – Successfully lobbied the City of Minneapolis in the changing of zoning code to include public skateparks as a permitted obstruction within front and side yard setbacks.
- 2021 – July – Opening of the Elliot Park Skate Plaza. Minneapolis’s first all concrete, custom skatepark with integrated water management, permeable paver patio, lighting and fully landscaped with the addition of 10 trees and 225 plants.
- Summer 2021 – Worked with local skate community and MPRB to find a location to continue Bde Maka Ska Pop-up skate space. Look for new space and features early summer 2022.
- 2020 – October – The COS initiated Minnesota State Skate Park Grant program was passed via the 2020 MN State Bonding Bill. This is the first state matching grant program for public community skateparks in the U.S. and City of Skate aims to build on this initial program.
- 2020 – October – Minneapolis Parks and Recreation approves their SW Master Plan that includes 4 new skate-spaces at Armatage Park, Smith Triangle, Painter Park and a skateboard community led DIY at the former 28th St. Tot-lot. The SW Plan completes the whole MPRB park system master planning process with 22 skateboard spaces approved city-wide.
- 2020 – September – Ground breaking on the Elliot Park Skate Plaza. Completion set for June 2021.
- 2020 – July – Helped secure $650,000 of funding for Elliot Skate Plaza along with adding project parters X Games, Leo A. Daly, Sherwin Williams, Mercury Mosaics and Bailey Nurseries. Build Fall 2020/Spring 2021.
- 2020 – March – Awarded an Action Grant from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization for water gardens at new Elliot Skate Plaza.
- 2020 – February – Testified to MN House State Government Finance Committee allowing passing of the $8.25M Statewide Skate Park Grant program forward to Ways and Means Committee.
- 2019 – December – Advocated and secured a $200,000 Hennepin County Youth Sports Program Grant to complete the funding for the Elliot Skate Plaza in East Downtown Minneapolis. Build early 2020.
- 2019 – Aug. – Oct. – Helped establish and program the Juxtaposition Skateable Art Plaza with “Drop In” sessions to help support, mentor, and encourage local youth skateboarders.
- 2019 – May – Completed the Juxtaposition Skateable Art Plaza in the heart of North Minneapolis with multiple community partners. This project contains the first ever licensed, custom concrete skateboard features in the City of Minneapolis, along with water management gardens, and public plaza space for art, music, and social interaction. This Skate Spot will serve the area community and be a leading example of activating public spaces by embracing skateboarding vs. banning or discouraging this creative activity.
- 2019 & 2020 – April thru Oct. – Partnered with Saint Paul Parks and Recreation to open the Palace Community Center PopUp Skatepark. Making use of an existing 12,000 sq./ft. ice rink sheet of concrete to provide a skateboard spot with custom built skateboard elements.
- 2019 – March – May – Initiated $8.25M MN Statewide Skate Park Grant Bill to help communities throughout Minnesota fund quality public skateparks. Chief Authors – Sen. Scott Dibble, Sen. Karin Housley, Rep. Tama Theis, and Rep. Dan Wolgamott.
- 2019 – February – MPRB approves 5 new skateparks within their North Minneapolis Parks Master Plan.
- 2018 – $250,000 approved for the expansion and improvement of Elliot Skatepark working in collaboration with Elliot Park Neighborhood Inc.
- 2018 – $40,000 Contribution from ESPN-X Games for the design and build documents for Central Skatepark.
- 2018 – March – City of Skate awarded a top grant of $25,000 toward Central Skatepark from the Tony Hawk Foundation.
- 2018 – Completion of the MPRB Skate Park Activity Plan that calls for 18 new skate parks throughout the Minneapolis Park system. Plan initiated in 2013 by initial City of Skate Board.
- 2017 – December – Partnered with Juxtaposition Arts on a North Minneapolis Community Skate-able Art Plaza with $50,000 of funding from MN Super Bowl Host Committee.
- 2017 – Central Gym Skate Park – Helped to secure a $250,000 Hennepin County Youth Sports Grant. Design and build 2018.
- 2017 and 2018 – Initiated a proposed bill in the State of Minnesota Legislature for a $5M state-wide skate park grant program. Sponsored by Rep. Paul Thissen and Senator Scott Dibble.
- 2017 – October 25th – Completion of St. Louis Park Carpenter Skate Park by CA Skateparks design and build.
- 2017 – Assists in community design process of Central Gym Skatepark
- 2017 – Skatepark(s) designation in completion of MPRB Master Plans for Downtown Service Area and Bde Maka Ska – Harriet Regional Park
- 2016 – City of Skate advises City of St. Louis Park on Carpenter Skatepark and helps secure additional $100,000 from Hennepin County Youth Sports Grant program.
- 2016 – City of Skate works with Sports Minneapolis to bring X Games to Minneapolis 2017 thru 2020.
- 2016 – 4 Skateparks designation in the completion of the MPRB Master Plan for South Service Area.
- 2016 – City of Skate officially partners with MPRB in a long-term effort to improve and expand Minneapolis Skateparks.
- 2015 – MPRB Approves Skatepark Site at Lake Nokomis Community Center.
- 2014 – MPRB Approves Skatepark Site at NE Park.
- 2014 – City of Skate was named a finalist for the Saint Paul Knight Arts Challenge. City of Skate submitted a proposal for a Skateable Art Plaza on Harriet Island.
- 2013 – Initiate Minneapolis Park Recreation Board Skate Park Activity Plan.
A Proud Partner of The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
City of Skate is proud to work in long-term partnership with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to improve and expand Minneapolis skateparks. Great parks make great communities. And, here in the Twin Cities, we have some of the best in the nation. In fact, the Trust for Public Land currently ranks Minneapolis and St. Paul top 5 park systems in the nation on its annual ParkScore rating system.
The Minneapolis Park System is governed by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and every four years voters elect nine commissioners: one from each of the six park districts, and three that serve at-large. The development and maintenance of Saint Paul’s nearly 200 parks is overseen by a 9-member board of commissioners. Please contact your park board representatives and encourage them to support and fund the development of high quality skateparks.
City of Skate is a registered 501(c)(3) non profit in the state of Minnesota. City of Skate advocates for community skateparks throughout the Twin Cities and Minnesota. We work closely with both the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, along with St. Paul Parks & Recreation.
Board of Directors
- Paul Forsline, President
- Witt Siasoco, Secretary
- Ali Lozoff, Director
- Scott Oreschnick, Director
- Mark Rivard, Director
- Matt von Ende, Director
Contact for MPRB Skate Park Activity Plan project
Colleen O’Dell, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Park Planner/Designer
Photo: Dallas Currie