Category: Fort Wayne Local

Harley-Davidson of Fort Wayne presents The X-Games Experience

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Yes Indeed folks you heard it correctly, we are sending 1 BMX Rider & 1 Skateboarder to this years X-Games in 2018 with some help from Harley-Davidson of Fort Wayne!  Want more information on how you can enter to win?  Click Here to see all the criteria to enter!  

FWI Officially Partners with Harley Davidson of Fort Wayne | X-Games Experience 1st Up

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We have been silently working in the background once again to bring you some absolutely amazing news.  Your Fort Wayne Indoor has hooked up a 1 year-long partnership with Harley Davidson of Fort Wayne (HDFW).  Ryan Mitchell and his team of radical folks have taken the time to re-invest their efforts directly back into our community. We have an entire year of activities planned with HDFW and we are going to bring the noise to Fort Wayne Indiana!  We are beyond pumped to have HDFW on board as a Primary sponsor of all the events we through through-out a calendar year.  We will also be onsite at HDFW for a few of their crazy parking lot parties!

Our 1st order of business is to send two patrons of the FWI straight to Minneapolis, MN to observe the X-Games for 4 days and 3 nights.  Harley Davidson of Fort Wayne is picking up the tab for 1 Skateboarder + Parent/Friend & 1 BMX’er + Parent/Friend.  HDFW will also be providing some extras to go along with your X-Games Experience!  The FWI will be sending Dan Butler & Rich Hoppe along for the ride as well.  Dan and Rich have set up some extras as well once on site at the 2018 X-Games!

The criteria and all the details for the X-Games Experience will be released in a few days, until then follow Harley Davidson on all of your social media sites and tell HDFW that they absolutely kick ass!

Over the next few days we will have all the information on how YOU can win a trip to this years X-Games, brought to you by Harley Davidson of Fort Wayne #GetStoked

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January All Night Skate Set for 1.27.18

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We are back at it for our January All Night Skate! All Night Skate Starts at 10PM and goes to 6AM this Saturday at the Indoor Games .of Skate will go down, Pizzas will be fed to the masses for $1 a slice. Doors Locked at 11pm!

Skateboarding Only!

Parents Please be Prompt at Picking up the young ones.
Entry $20 Per Person

5 Years in the Making, The Battle for Midwest BMX Begins Saturday at the Indoor!

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FWI Stop 1

Yes indeed folks, it’s back to that time of the year when you can smell the gun smoke in the air.  Time to put on those big boy pants and get to The Battle for Midwest BMX for all the fame and glory! (Actually a trophy and a bunch of great memories)  The Battle Series started five years ago, the idea and concept was to provide something fun for us BMX minded people to do over the winter months.  We support local skateparks around the midwest area and we provide a positive and overall great environment for the entire family to come out and enjoy.  The battle series is designed 100% around having fun and enjoying the sport that brings all of us so much joy.

Sponsors: Summit CIty Bicycles & Fitness / Wonder Wheels BMX

The year 2018 will bring us even more fun and good times as we push each other to the next level by competing against one another in the 5th annual Battle for Midwest BMX!  I am stoked beyond belief that you all made this possible for the past 4 years and am ready to continue this contest well into the future.  I thank each and every one of you who comes out to spend a day with some rowdy ol BMX’ers!

Happy New Year and I cannot wait to see everyone in Fort Wayne, Indiana this Saturday as we kick off 2018 in true BMX style!

Overall Winners from Beginner, Intermediate, & Expert win a free week of camp at Ohio Dreams!

Here the Video from last year via Ryan Mayo’s Backyard BMX Co!

The Full Schedule for The Battle for Midwest BMX!

The Battle for Midwest BMX (1)

3rd Annual “Cooley Classic” Skateboard Contest Set for Saturday 12.23.17

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Beginner, Intermediate, & Advanced Classes
$10 Entry FeeDoors Open at 6pm – Contest at 8pmCooley is back for Christmas this year! Come on out and rip the Indoor with you buds this Saturday Night as throw our last contest of 2017!

The fine folks out in California have offered up a “Cooley Calls It” as Cooley himself will help determine the winners of each class. Winners will receive a “Grab Bag” with all kinds of custom goodies from all 4 of our sponsors! We are stoked because this has never been done before!

Come Skate the Indoor this Saturday Night

Rich Hoppe Presents to Local Entrepreneurs about The Indoor’s Past, Present, & Future

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We had to opportunity to present the history behind the Fort Wayne Indoor to a local group of entrepreneurs this past week at Sweetwater Sound for 1 Million Cups.  We sent out Rich Hoppe with a Power Point, and Brian Leonard with a camera.  1 Million Cups is designed to get local business people and entrepreneurs together to discuss things, ideas, concepts, opportunities, with local business owners with businesses under 4 years of age.  When asked to present, we took it on and decided to record it so that you, the Fort Wayne Indoor Family can see it 1st hand.  We have some pretty amazing ideas that start out near the 15 minute mark when we talk about Roots & Growth.  We also enlighten some folks on the rules and laws governing Lawtons Skatepark that do not sit well on ones mind when heard like we say it.  Give this a real listen and give us some feedback on our Facebook page on what you would like to see in Fort Wayne in the next 3-5 Years!

The 2017 “Fall Bash Block Party” Announced for September 16th, 2017

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We would like to welcome everyone out to celebrate our 4th season as the regional leader in all things Action Sports here in the Fort Wayne Regional Area. This year we will try to duplicate that which rained us out last year.  We will hold a cash prize Skateboard contest inside Lawton Skatepark Downtown.  We will also hold BMX Demonstrations by local and professional riders.  We will also have a Scooter Village set up for the 1st time for the younger ones who may want to dabble a bit in the entry levels of Action Sports.  We hope to see everyone out and enjoying the day with us.  Scroll down for more information.

$5 Entry
$10 Per Family
$10 – Additional to enter SKATE CONTEST
This fall The Fort Wayne Indoor brings you a Skateboard Contest like no other, the entire course is the contest area inside Lawton Skatepark downtown, Fort Wayne Indiana.
We will be offering a rather handsome cash prize $500 to the top 3 riders and hopes to attract some high caliber skateboarders to take each other on!
This will take part during our Fall Bash fundraiser, Fort Wayne’s 3nd annual “Action Sports and Music Festival”. Soul Kitchen Food Truck will be on hand as well as some Bomb Pops! Solution Action Sports & Wonder Wheels BMX Demos will take place on 4th street along with Rod and friends on the turn-tables.
Don’t miss this one, The Fort Wayne Indoor needs the support, winter is not to far away!
3pm – DJ’S Begin – Scooter Village Opens
3:30-4PM – Welcome / Pro BMX Demonstration (SAFETY FOCUS)
4:00-5PM – Skateboard Contest Prelims
5:30-6PM – Open Skatepark Session
6:00-6:30 – BMX BIke Raffle & 50/50 Prizes Announced
7:00-8PM – Skateboard Competition Finals / Awards
Mission & Purpose:
The MISSION of The Fort Wayne Indoor BMX & Skatepark
The purpose of The Fort Wayne Indoor’s Annual Block Party is to raise funds to support the mission of the Fort Wayne Indoor Bike & Skate Park. The Fort Wayne Indoor Bike & Skate Park (FWI) is a 501c(3) not for profit organization that serves the bike and skate community of Northeast Indiana. The FWI provides the youth of Fort Wayne the opportunity to build a supportive and inclusive local skating and biking community. The FWI supports this community by providing a custom built indoor facility complete with ramps, rails, and trick features designed and built by local skaters and trick riders.
The FWI goes beyond offering a legal, safe, and clean environment for self-expression through free style riding and skating by hosting competitions and riding events that mix skating, bike riding, and music. Rich Hoppe and Dan Butler’s lifelong dedication to the sports that they love has earned them friends across the industry. These friends and connections work at some of the largest manufacturers in the industry and they routinely support the FWI with prizes and gear to promote local competitions and events.
The Fort Wayne Indoor faces a challenge each and every year. A challenge that cannot be avoided. That challenge is warm weather. The target demographic for the FWI is youth. Once the weather warms and skateboarders and bicyclists can move their interests outdoors to ride for free, the regular revenue stream for the FWI dwindles.
The Fort Wayne Indoor’s Annual Block Party seeks to provide an alternative revenue stream for FWI through sponsorships and ticket sales to fund the park through the summer months. We also seek to use The Fort Wayne Indoor’s Annual Block Party to raise awareness of the Fort Wayne Indoors mission and purpose among potential corporate sponsors to help fund the park.
The Fort Wayne Indoor is supporting the youth of Fort Wayne’s skate, bike, and all wheeled sports in our community and we need your help
Thank You for your continued support!
Rich Hoppe / Dan Bulter / The Board of Directors / All the Volunteers and Supporters of The Fort Wayne Indoor!

Springtime Online Fundraising is On!

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Rich Hoppe & Dan Butler

We want to start this update off with a Huge Thank You to all of you amazing Fort Wayne Indoor Supporters.  We just wrapped up our 3rd season as the area’s ONLY Indoor BMX & Skate facility!

We started out this season with a COMPLETE rebuild.  We literally tore down every single ramp in the building, downsized the park by 4,000 sq ft (now 7,000 sq ft) and ended up with an amazingly fun and cool place to ride.  Huge thanks to Brian Leonard for spearheading and spending countless hours at the park during the rebuild (props to Aiden & Jaise Jordan also for their non-stop help)

The Rebuild…..

The season started out well as we are super dependent upon the weather.  We opened up the 1st week of November and the cash flow helped get us out of last year’s debt for the 1st few months. We reorganized our pricing structure by adding a $10 Yearly Fee to help offset Insurance, Electric, Gas, etc. By the time February hit, so did 70 degrees and of course folks want to be outside enjoying the outdoors.   The remainder of the winter was extremely slow in comparison to the 1st few months.

Rebuild 2016

We rely on a mix of cash flow through-out the year.  This time of the year we ask for your help to ensure that this unique facility of ours stays open for our community.  Because we are a non-for-profit 501(c)3,   all of your donated money can be written off on your taxes for 2018.  We are 100% Volunteer and 100% committed to keeping the doors open, here in Fort Wayne, IN.  We are always working on new ways and efforts to make the park successful.

Please take a few minutes and donate any amount you can afford; every single dollar goes towards a community of amazing individuals.

Click Here to Donate Now!


Rich Hoppe / Dan Butler and the Entire Fort Wayne Indoors Group of Radical Volunteers.

Photos by Skatepark Supporter Ryan Hodges Photo

Bravas Burritos | Bikes, Boards & Brews this Saturday at the Indoor

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We at the Fort Wayne Indoor are excited to bring some local love next Saturday in the form of a catered ALL NIGHT BMX & Skateboard Party that starts at 10pm.  We will be blocking off the mini-ramp and a small portion of the flat area to accommodate our Fort Wayne neighbors Bravas Foods as they bring to us a smothered burrito creation for your personal enjoyment. The park will be open to the public tables/chairs and a mini bar serving beers to those over 21 years of age will be available from 10-2am.  We also celebrate the birthday of one of our favorite artists and 24 hour code holder, Michael Mankin.  Mike is bringing some video game consoles and some proctors to play around with if you do not happen to skateboard or BMX.


This fundraiser allows Bravas Food fans, and fans of beer alike to come check out the Indoor gem we have created right in the heart of the city.  The skatepark itself will be open for Skateboarding & BMX Only from 10pm-6am with best trick contests going down at midnight with prizes by another Fort Wayne local favorite, Neat Neat Records on South Calhoun Street. Beer will be served for those patrons over age 21 by your local Main Street Bar Skeletunes Lounge.   Come and be a part of this unique city while checking out some talented humans doing stunts.

We have arranged for seating with a fenced barricade between the actual skatepark to keep things a bit safer for our friends with Burritos & Beers in their face! Take note of seating for over 30 people and we also have standing room available along with a balcony viewing area of the entire park.



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