There are people who do, and people who just talk. This Saturday the do-ers in the skate community collected donations from friends, family, and neighbors to sponsor them riding the temporarily lit Portland Skatepark from 6 pm to midnight, all to raise money for the skatepark expansion. An impressive $5,000 was raised from the event put on by Portland Parks & Recreation!
It really was magical seeing the park all lit up at night. i've gone out and skated the park on full moons, battling shadows, and relying on muscle memory of lines. Having it fully illuminated and shadow-less, glowing in the surrounding blackened fields seemed like a visual manifestation of what the park has always been to me: an oasis, calling out to all those who know the joys of a wooden toy with urethane wheels.