Commonwealth Skateboarding

The Park & the People

About

A panoramic shot of Commonwealth's skatepark.
2011

Story

Commonwealth Skateboarding is a gritty 4,500 square foot indoor concrete skatepark hand-built in 2011 by Jennifer Sherowski, Lance Normine and Evergreen Skateparks in an old stone-cutting warehouse just off of Hawthorne Boulevard, in the heart of Southeast Portland.

In 2013, inspired by a desire to open up a sneaker-centric skate shop in Portland, footwear designer Matt Collins and some friends had the opportunity to acquire Commonwealth. Despite a shoestring budget, we’ve remodeled the storefront and gallery space into a full-service retail skate & sneaker shop — and thanks to the generosity of our patrons and community, we’ve been able to keep making improvements to our facility and add new gear every day.

Commonwealth is a labor of love that is maintained and supported by the skaters and locals who call it home.

Park Features

Refreshing the paint on the concrete.
2013

The skatepark features a double pocket bowl, one with pool coping, one with steel coping. We have a mini ramp, bank and small street section with a mix of rails, boxes and pole jams.

The Neighborhood

We’re hidden along 20th Ave., next to Blackbird Pizza (formerly Vincente’s) and within blocks of many other great locally-owned restaurants & businesses.

Team

  • Matt Collins
    Owner / Designer / Buyer
  • Garric Ray
    Instructor / Sales
  • Terek Johns
    Instructor / Sales
  • Brandy Machado
    Instructor / Sales
  • Mandy McClausky
    Owner / Designer / Front-End Developer
  • Colin Delargy
    Owner / CTO / Head of Engineering