Slam City Skate Park Hosts Fourth Art in the Skate Park Fundraiser
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Art in the Skate Park has returned to raise funds for the only indoor skate park in town.
Local artists painted personalized and one-of-a-kind skateboards and donated them to be auctioned off at the event. The money raised will be used to support the skate park as well as to finance other events at the park. Owner and operator Rich Hoppe said Art in the Skate Park is a popular event for them as a large portion of their target sports audience is also integrated into the Fort Wayne creative community.
“Creativity, art and action sports tend to come together,” Hoppe said. “They tend to lie together because there are a lot of creative people who skate on BMX bikes on scooters these days roller skates, rollerblades, and then a lot of them are DJ photographers. ”
While the event supports the skate park, Hoppe said it also gives the park a chance to support the artists who frequent their space.
“It’s definitely an art exhibition, but it’s also our way of supporting this end of our culture for the artist himself,” Hoppe said. “So it’s a one of a kind show because it doesn’t feature one person. We present art in our city. So that’s what makes it unique. “
The Slam City Skate Park opened its doors two years ago. The space was previously a metal recycling facility, and Hoppe said a lot of work has gone into renovating it since it opened. They are also on the verge of expanding their activities.
“We are preparing to open our store indoors,” Hoppe said. “We’re going to do bicycle repairs; we’re going to sell bikes, sell skateboards, sell skate gear, scooters, things of that nature, and also do repair work. So if there is anything you need to fix, we’ll do it here. “
They will also go from being open only during the winter to being open all year round.