The Friends of Alberta Park are loyal supporters of bike polo. They understand that polo players are an asset to the park and the neighborhood and they have been trying to work out an agreement with Portland Parks and Recreation that would allow polo to flourish without the threat of being banned.
Recently, those talks have included not only allowing polo to continue at the park but to make the southeast tennis courts an official venue for the sport.
According to an Axles of Evil spokesman, The Friends of Alberta Park are close to an agreement with the Parks Department to make major improvements to the court specifically for bike polo. These include; new lights, boards around the edge of the court, and official “Bike Polo Court” signage. The Friends have also asked the Axles of Evil to draft a proposal for the Parks Department outlining their needs and desires.
It remains to be seen whether or not polo players will be allowed to have alcoholic beverages (a very contentious topic) but some sort of creative permit doesn’t seem too far-fetched at this point. Stay tuned for more developments.
For more background on the saga of bike polo in Alberta Park, check out these links: