Burnside Skatepark, as the name suggests, is located under the east end overpass of the Burnside Bridge in Portland, Oregon. Back in the early 1990’s, as skaters searched for a decent place to ride, they found a dry refuge underneath the bridge and began to build piecemeal cement structures to skate. Eventually the banks, quarterpipes, bowls and columns connected to form a flowing skatepark. The skatepark is a testament to skateboarder and civic activism as the skaters, without permission, grouped together and transformed a haven of drug-use, homelessness and prostitution into the world’s most recognized skatepark.
Full Tilt Boogie, a documentary by Oregon Public Broadcasting, provides additional details into the creation of Burnside.
The success of Burnside spawned two of the largest skateboard park design and construction firms, Dreamland Skateparks and Grindline. These two companies have converted masonry into kinetic sculptures. Do yourself a favor and go ride one.