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editor's note:
The Department

* Indoor: Wood / Concrete
* Pay: $10 [3 hour sesh]
* Trannie / Street
* Rating: Portland Woodie

"The Department of Skateboarding was started by the people who own/operate 'Cal's Pharmacy' [a Portland skate shop]. It was created to fill the need for an indoor park in this rainy city."

"Our park is very street oriented in design. Obstacles are realistic, things you might find to skate in reality [banks, rails, stairs, ledges, gaps, etc.]. We also have one of the best wooden kidney bowls around."

"We've only been open a couple of months... Matt Beach and Jayme Fortune - a couple of local pros who skate the park whenever they can - came out and skated at the grand opening on April 6th, 2002."

- Dan [of the DEPT]: Apr '02

Directions: In Portland, take Interstate 5 to exit 302A. Take the exit ramp to NE Broadway, and head east. Make a left [north] onto NE 1st Avenue, followed by another left [west] onto NE Hancock Street. The skatepark is on the right. The address is 15 NE Hancock Street. For more info call the park direct at 503.493.9480.

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^ Side view of the "16,000 sq ft
indoor facility" better known
as "The Department!" [Photo:
The Dept.]

^ Standard fun box
[Photo: The Dept.]

^ Mini gap
[Photo: The Dept.]

^ 7 stair handrail with
3 different slide/grind
options - 'Crete, rail, and
metal banister. Nice detail.
[Photo: The Dept.]

^ Curved ledge corner feature
[Photo: The Dept.]

^ "Mellow rail"
[Photo: The Dept.]

^ "Mellow hip"
[Photo: The Dept.]

^ Extra-wide panoramic
[Photo: The Dept.]

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