Innovative public skateparks — designed by and for skateboarders — should be places for creative expression, discovery, community, conversation, and health.
City of Skate is a coalition of Twin Cities skaters, parents, and allies whose mission is to design and develop world class skateparks for our community.
Since January 2013, 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 18 skateparks citywide was unanimously approved by the MPRB at their January 3rd, 2018 meeting.
City of Skate will work 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
Improve existing skateparks to meet current standards
Create education opportunities to introduce more youth and communities to skateboarding
Support events and programs that highlight positive skate culture
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. World class skateparks will make our parks even better.
A well-designed skatepark provides a safe environment for recreation. 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.
City of Skate with community advocacy has accomplished:
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 - 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 number 1 and 2 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, working closely with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.
Paul Forsline, President
Mark Rodriguez, Treasurer
Witt Siasoco, Secretary
Barrett Haroldson, Director
Marsha Hovey, Director
Scott Oreschnick, Director
Mark Rivard, Director
Theresa Sweetland, Director
Matt von Ende, Director
Contact for MPRB Skate Park Activity Plan project
Colleen O’Dell, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Park Planner/Designer
Graphic Design & Website: Barrett Haroldson