Crow students roll through semester on skateboards they made themselves

7 06 2017


Crow students spent months building their own skateboards. They tested them out at Washington Jefferson Park in Eugene Tuesday, May 6, 2017 with help from the City of Eugene River House Outdoor Center skateboard instructors.

Crow Middle/High School is incorporating skateboards into classes.

Students are celebrating the end of a semester-long project with a ride at Washington Jefferson Park.

Teachers said the project used techniques from math to art to teach kids how to create their own skateboard.

“It’s pretty cool that we get to, like, make them in school and stuff ‘cause most schools don’t have the opportunity since they’re so big they can’t do the classes like these,” said Olivia Clark, a ninth grade student at Crow Middle/High School.

They said since the project began, more than 20 students have been staying longer in class and skipping lunch to put together their project.

The project was made possible by a grant from the Oregon Country Fair.

“Doing math and science and they don’t even know it. It becomes part of the thing; that’s the way real life is and you can’t fake it with these kids,” said Tina Dwoarakowski, a teacher at Crow Middle/High School. “You know they know when you’re giving them busy work. They know that it’s got to be the real deal; it’s got to be authentic.”

Teachers said they plan to continue this project for years in the future.

From: KVAL 13 news broadcast

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Bier Stein and Elysian Brewing help support the River House and free skateboard lessons.

13 04 2017

Bier Stein of Eugene and Elysian Brewing of Seattle are teaming up to help our very own skateboard program and get more kids and adults on skateboards with free lesson at the WJ Skatepark.

Every Elysian beer purchased at the Bier Stein earns a raffle ticket and $1 for the River House Skateboard program.  Additional tickets can also be purchased for the final raffle drawing of an Elysian skateboard and other prizes on May 13.

The fundraising event runs April 7 – May 12.

Free skate lessons happen at the Washington Jefferson Skatepark April 18 – June 13.    Tuesdays 3:30 – 5:30 pm and Saturdays 10:00 – 12:00 pm.  Participants under 18 must have a guardian sign at the first visit.           BierStein-Elysian fundraise

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Who says Skating is an Urban Endeavor?

16 03 2017

NORTHBOUND | Skateboarding on Frozen Sand 4K from Turbin Film on Vimeo.

Skaters and artistic expression go together like peanut butter and jelly.  This new video from the frozen Norway coast continues to push what can be skated and how to beautifully film it.          “It’s cool to be somewhere where the eagles want to be.”

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28 12 2015

If you are bored at home during the holiday break then get lost in the site-  The brilliance that pours out of the mixed art pieces is astounding.   Take a look and find inspiration.  I’m not very artistic but can recognize creativity and craftsmanship and most things posted to this site are wonderful. It’s a beautiful world of visual artists, performers, craftsmen, and designers.  Check back often as it’s updated every day and can take you to new universes or may even inspire your own project.

Here are a few of my favorite post:

The Motions of Kayaking and Canoeing Recorded through Light Painting on Canadian Waterways


Pouring a Thermos of Hot Tea at -40°C Near the Arctic Circle


The Force of Nature: A Series of Sculptures That Depict Mother Nature Hurling Planet Earth in Circles


Newly Restored Photos of Shackleton’s Fateful Antarctic Voyage Offer Unprecedented Details of Survival



A 100-Year-Old Church in Spain Transformed into a Skate Park Covered in Murals by Okuda San Miguel


Table Topography: Wood Furniture Embedded with Glass Rivers and Lakes by Greg Klassen


San Francisco-Based Company Builds Guitars From Recycled Skateboard Decks



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Summertime in the City

24 07 2014

What better way to enjoy the new Washington Jefferson Skate Park than to sign up for Skate Camp with the River House??  Learn the basics with us, or perfect your skills at camp, and take those talents with you through the summer.  What a way to enjoy a great venue all year round! We’ve got 2 camps that still have *limited* spaces available–Skate Oregon and Skate Camp for Girls. Want a sneak peek at what these might look like? Check out our video! Then, sign up here:

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Coming Soon: Washington-Jefferson Skatepark

25 10 2013

Article written by: Jessica Chestnut

Find the original article here:

Eugene’s Destination Skatepark: Ten Years in the Making

Posted on October 10, 2013 by admin


Construction is underway on the new Washington-Jefferson

Skatepark + Urban Plaza (photo by Dreamland Skateparks via Instagram)

Eugene is home to a handful of skateparks, which provide skateboarders, BMX riders, and other wheeled enthusiasts a place to perfect their tricks. However, the sometimes temperamental Oregon climate limits the time that these parks can be enjoyed. Particularly during the winter months, the wet concrete does not play well with wooden decks and metal bearings. Luckily for skaters and non-skaters alike, all of that will change with the opening of the Washington-Jefferson Skatepark + Urban Plaza, slated to be finished in the spring of 2014.

At 23,000 square feet, the park will have the honor of being the largest lit and covered skatepark in the U.S. With its location underneath the Washington-Jefferson Street Bridge, the skatepark will be able to operate year-round, regardless of what Mother Nature dishes out. In addition, the Urban Plaza will provide an area for spectators of the park to relax, as well as offer additional space for a variety of community gatherings and events.

wj_skatepark ribbon section view

A sneak peek of the “ribbon” section of the skatepark (photo by WJ_Skatepark via Instagram)

The long-awaited skatepark has been discussed since 2004, when 1,700 petitioners submitted a proposal to Eugene’s City Council requesting a large covered and lit skatepark for Eugene. Ten years after the proposal, the park will become a reality thanks to one of the most respected names in skatepark design and construction, Dreamland Skateparks. Expect to see a blend of street and tranny-style terrain with something for all skill levels, along with one-of-a-kind skateable art including a river theme throughout to stay true to our area.

The City of Eugene is adding other features at Washington-Jefferson Park aimed at increasing the overall security of the park, as well as bringing in people from around the area that may not skate. The new design includes the Urban Plaza, restrooms in a more visible location, vendor pads ideal for food carts, new paths, bike racks, drinking fountains, energy-efficient lighting, and well-thought out landscaping to provide improved sight lines. The features are all measures to increase the sense of safety at the park. Much of the existing infrastructure is being overhauled as well, with utility lines being replaced, and repairs being made to the electrical, drainage, and irrigation systems.

wj_skatepark dreamland owner mark scott excavating

Mark Scott of Dreamland Skateparks excavating under some grey Oregon skies (photo by WJ_Skatepark via Instagram)

Take the construction, design, and repair, and then add in “soft costs” (things like project management and engineering), and the total project is expected to run around $2.5 million. The City of Eugene is covering around $2.2 million of the project, with the funds coming from parks system development charges (fees paid by developers when they construct new buildings or houses). The city also received a State Park and Recreation Department grant worth almost $175,000. Another $150,000 in cash and inkind donations have been raised by Skaters of Eugene Skateparks, The Downtown Eugene Rotary, and the Eugene Parks Foundation.

To create a destination skatepark that has national appeal takes an incredible amount of time, money, and planning, and the skate community of Eugene has shown their dedication to this project. We are one step closer every day to having something in Eugene that will let our local skaters ride any month out of the year, plus have skaters around the nation talking about (and visiting). The City of Eugene will also reap the benefits of this project, with a revitalized Washington-Jefferson Park that is sure to be appreciated by the entire community.

Jessica Chestnut sportsAbout the author: Jessica Chestnut is the Social Media and PR Manager for Convention and Sports. Although she’s only been in Lane County since 2008, there’s nowhere else in Oregon she would rather be. She spends her free time exploring the great outdoors, snowboarding, camping, floating the McKenzie, watching college football, enjoying local microbrews and spending time with her husband and puppy.

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Windfall revives dreams of Eugene skate park

26 10 2012

Windfall revives dreams of Eugene skate park
The Register-Guard
Published: October 25, 2012 12:00AM, Midnight, Oct. 25

Plans for the Washington-
Jefferson skate park project are rolling again, given momentum by a promise of a lot more city cash, and the skating venue even could be built by next fall, the City Council heard Wednesday.

The long-talked-about public-private venture had been stymied because Skaters for Eugene Skateparks and the Downtown Rotary had only been able to raise less than $100,000 of the $900,000 needed for the project.

Also — after pledging to contribute $292,000 to the design and development of the skate park — city officials didn’t know where to find more city revenue to plug the fundraising gap.

But on Wednesday, officials told the council that greater-than-expected revenue from so-called system development charges can be used for the project. The extra development fees mainly are coming from the developers of a slew of new apartment projects around the University of Oregon, said Neil Bjorklund, parks and open space planning manager.

Park development fees paid by developers are dedicated to park-related projects, he said. The additional revenue has not been reserved for other projects, Bjorklund said.

“That money had not been appropriated because we did not expect it to come in,” he said.

With the new-found revenue, the city could chip in an extra $383,000 to plug the fundraising gap, which would bring it’s total contribution to about $675,000.

However, the skate park is a public-private effort, Bjorklund said, and the community groups have agreed to raise a total of about 25 percent, or $225,000, of the project’s cost.

The Eugene Parks Foundation has agreed to help Skaters for Eugene Skateparks and the Downtown Rotary with fundraising, Bjorklund said.

“We have a new coalition of partners who are willing to do an additional round of fundraising,” he said.

A dream of supporters since 2004, the 23,000-square-foot skate park is envisioned as a world-class venue to provide recreation for local residents, as well as to draw skateboarders and inline skaters from around the region and West Coast.

The park is proposed for the area under the Washington-
Jefferson Bridge, between the basketball and horseshoe courts.

The skate park is seen by park supporters as a way to transform Washington-Jefferson Park — a popular hangout for transients — into a more family friendly area.

City councilors and Mayor Kitty Piercy were enthused about the new financing plan. The council voted 8-0 to approve the city staff’s request to pursue using extra system development fees to help fund the park.

“It’s going to take a lot of work, but it’s doable,” southwest Councilor Chris Pryor said.

North-central Councilor Mike Clark asked Bjorklund if the skate park could accommodate BMX bicycle events, which would attract more people to the park.

“That’s something that is definitely on the table,” Bjorklund said.

If the private fundraising can generate $225,000 or anything close to it, the skate park’s construction would begin next summer and be completed by fall, he said.

The private groups and city officials will collaborate on plans to maintain the skate park after it’s built, Bjorklund said.

It’s possible that revenue from equipment rentals, vendors and events could help pay for the park’s maintenance, he said.

Members of Skaters for Eugene Skateparks and the Downtown Rotary attended the council meeting. Afterward, they said they will make a concerted effort to raise the money.

“We are going to give it our best shot,” said Matt Koehler, president of Skaters for Eugene Skateparks.

Michelle Blackwell, chairwoman of the Downtown Rotary’s skate park subcommittee, said the group will “have to come up with creative ideas” to raise money.

But Blackwell said the Rotary, a major fundraiser behind the RiverPlay playground in Skinner Butte Park, is up to the task.

“It’s a team approach,” she said.

Please check out the concept photos provided by Dreamland Skateparks:

Stay tuned throughout the year for project updates!!!

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