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Burnside Skate Park

SE 2nd Ave, Portland, Oregon 97232 USA

“featured in various video games!”

Built without permission, by skateboarders and later sanctioned by the city, Burnside is the preeminent example of action.  Burnside's unique growth and evolution -through the sweat and blood of a handful of dedicated individuals- have matured into one of the best skateparks in the world.  Burnside and its creators are true pioneers, setting the stage for community built skateparks across the country. Burnside Skatepark is a skatepark located in Portland, Oregon, United States. Located under the east end of the Burnside Bridge, the skatepark was originally built by the skateboard community without permission and eventually the city approved the area as a public skatepark. The skatepark has been featured in videogames such as Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, Grind Session, and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3. Burnside Skatepark was also featured in the 1993 film Free Willy and the 2007 film Paranoid Park, as a setting for the eponymous skate park.

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Derek Neuland

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July 07, 2014
Rated 5.0

Probably the most famous and iconic skatepark in the USA. Every skateboarder has heard of it. If you show up without any intention to skate, don't be surprised if you get some looks of disgust. The locals are very territorial and don't like when tourists come to gawk at them.

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Travel Oregon

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June 17, 2015

The ground beneath the Burnside bridge has been transformed into a concrete skate Mecca.

It has been featured in several skate videos in the past and continues to be Portland’s main skate attraction, even being featured in `Tony Hawk's Pro Skater` video game. It has been gradually expanded to the entire area under the bridge. It features two concrete bowls (one affectionately called the `death bowl`) as well as several quarter pipes and corner bowls that reach vert. There is a spine and a half pyramid to the side and the entire park has good coping and high walls.

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October 16, 2014
Rated 4.0

It's pretty sweet, even if you don't skate; like the dude below said, if you don't show up to skate you'll probably get some looks. That being said if you bring some beer, you'll always be welcomed.

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