Category: Fun Raising

Letter from Matt Hanes – Beneficiary from our March Skate Contest / Fundraiser

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Matt Hanes

Matt Hanes

This past month Dan Butler organized a benefit to help out Matt Hanes a Fort Wayne Skateboarder for over 30 years. as well as an overall good friend and contributor to the scenes in and around our local region.

Matt recently discovered that he has a stage 4 Kidney disease and also even more recently had hip replacement surgery (One of Two)

Matt has been off work for nearly 8 months and we are proud to have helped him out by raising enough $$’s to cover a full months mortgage on his house.

Here is a letter Matt sent over, true passion and nothing but love from this amazing human!

Saturday All Nighters this January Include Everyone!

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Get Stoked!

Starting this Saturday, January 16th, 2016 the Fort Wayne Indoor is proud to host 3 ALL NIGHTERS!  We have decied to open the doors to all sports to enjoy the all night party!

$15 each person OR bring a buddy and save $5 bones!  We look forward to riding all night long with you all this winter!

The Crew at the Fort Wayne Indoor!

Fall Fundraiser & 2016 Season Information

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At The Fort Wayne Indoor, we proud to announce that the 2016 season officially starts on Saturday October 17th!  We are getting this year’s fun ready  by renovating the “Top Room” that will make the park more enjoyable for the smaller ones, and those who favor a bit more street with a ton of great flow inside the room at the park.  This new design is no doubt a one-of-a-kind, and a layout that will be ready for everyone to enjoy at the season opener.

We are honored to have the love and support that continues to come out of this fine  community.

October Notables:
Open House - Ocotober 17th  12-6pm  
Open Session Afterwards 6-10pm
Rise Skateboard Shop 2nd Annual Halloween Skate Contest November 1, 2015.



Brian Leonard, owner of,  world-renowned skateboard filmer, and designer/builder of many skateparks in both the USA as well as a some parks in Europe is the man behind the scenes for this massive room rebuild. Brian has been working (entirely volunteer) non-stop since  September 8th to bring a not only a top-notch course, but a design that will accommodate many aspects of all the different “sports” that use the facility.  The design is very creative, eye-catching, and incorporates the use of many different building materials.  Steel, Wood, Concrete, & even Dirt is being used to create this new course which is expected to be open for public view / riding on October 17th, 2015 at our 2nd annual Fall Open House!  (More info Coming Soon)


A view of the room before the build started on September 8th 2015


A view of the skeleton from one week ago today.


Brian looks around at his work after the night of the concrete pour.

The evening of October 17th we plan to show Brian’s latest film “Damage Control” in its entirety.  Below is professional Skateboarder, Tim Zom’s part from the movie.

Fun Raising! We are opening up the donation doors and hope to raise $5,000 over the next 30 Days. Please  Check out our Donation Page to see how you may be able to lend a hand this year to help ensure that the indoor stays put for our community!

Our hours, waiver, and lessons page have been updated as well. Click here to see this year’s season pricing and hours.

Thank You for your continued support and we look forward to seeing everyone this year at the Indoor!

Dan, Rich, The Fort Wayne Indoor Board of Directors, &  all the Volunteers!


Inaugural “Summit City Rock the Ramp” Leaves Marks of Success on Calhoun Street

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Chris Gerber (L) Brandon Wolferman (R) pull off side-by-side backflips during the BMX Stunt Demo Photo: Caitlin Crowley !

July 19th, 2015 marked the date for the 1st ever “Summit City Rock the Ramp”.  A celebration of Action Sports & Local Music just south of downtown Fort Wayne.  We had planned this event for over 8 months and it was finally go time!  The day started off bright and early as we convoyed all of the ramps and obstacles from the skatepark to our location on the 1800 block of South Calhoun St.

Event planners & volunteers alike were on site shutting down the street with barricades, setting up temporary fencing to outline our location as we set out to do something that had never been done in Fort Wayne, and that was to throw the cities 1st ever Action Sports and Music Festival!

The BMX Demo Course

A view from the top of the BMX Demo Course Roll In

The Skate Contest Set-up & Music Stage

The Skate Contest Set-up & Music Stage

Summit City Rock the Ramp, this Sunday on Calhoun Street!

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This Sunday on the 1800 block of Calhoun Street, we have a day of family fun like no other in Fort Wayne’s history.  A festival that celebrates both Action Sports & Local Music done like no other. $5 dollar entry, OR $10 bucks for the entire family!


We at the indoor are doing whatever it takes to keep the doors open and the bills paid over the slower summer months. We have built a mobile skatepark that will sit downtown to host our 1st ever Skateboard Competition featuring advanced class aged 13+ skaters.  The ramps have been built in a manner that we will re-purpose them after the event for use this winter inside the Indoor Skatepark.  Who will be the one that will take home the victory at the 1st ever real street contest in the Fort?


DJ Dap One will be spinning beats all afternoon with DJ Phresh Ben

The day begins at 2pm when the gate opens with two local DJ’S, Dap One & Fresh Ben who will cut the tracks all afternoon.  The official kickoff is at 3pm when we start the festivities off with a high-flying, high action Professional BMX Stunt demo featuring some of the best riders, all from the Hoosier state!

Fort Wayne Native Chad Newman!

Fort Wayne Native Chad Newman!

The good time start at 2pm on the 1800 block of South Calhoun Street!  Thanks for all the support, Fort Wayne Rocks!


BMX Contest 2.14.15 – The Battle for Midwest BMX! Stop #2 of 4

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2015 Battle Logo

This Saturday at the Indoor we are proud to host round #2 in The Battle for Midwest BMX!  The park will open at 1pm, contest will start directly at 3pm.

Your Proud Sponsor’s are: Dan’s Comp – DK Bicycles – Solution Action Sports –  The Union BMX

Classes: Beginner & Amateur Open – Pro Open / Show Class will run if we get enough riders!

Cost – $10 for the entire day – Free to spectate

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Halloween Weekend Brings 2 Flavors of Ghoul to the Indoor!

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RISE-HalloweenFlyer-Layout - Updated Sponsors 10.1.14

Saturday November 1st, We open the doors at 11:30am as Rise Skateboard Shop, with Creature, Real Skateboards, Spitfire Wheels, and Independent Trucks, along with the Fort Wayne Indoor are proud bring you the 1st Skate Contest of the season!

The Fall Open House!

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Come on out to our Fall Open House!  We have been hard at work since the July fundraiser getting everything in order for this coming winter season.  We are inviting all of you to come out and see what your donations and a bit of hard works accomplishes!

Save the date, at 2pm we will have Solution Action Sports on hand to deliver a Professional  BMX Stunt Show in the parking lot, and we plan to do some other fun things through-out the day. Free Burgers and Hot Dogs available while supplies last.  This is our way of thanking you for saving our park,!

Check us out and bring your bike or skateboard if you dare!

Rise Halloween Skate Contest!

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Skate Contest!


The fine folks over at Rise Skateboard Shop in Fort Wayne, Indiana along with Creature Skateboards, and Independent Trucks are on board to bringing you the 1st skate contest toThe Fort Wayne Indoor!  

July Fundraiser Over $10,000 Raised!

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Lawton Park Metal Fest!

Lawton Park Metal Fest!

Thanks to all of you who supported our GoFundMe campaign!  We managed to raise over $10,000 in just 3 short weeks.  We are currently working with our lawyer, accountant, landlord, insurance company, etc. in order to get everything in order for this winter!

We plan to make some changes in the form of a new lobby / entrance, concessions, lockers, and also will be adding some features to the park.  We are planning to organize Contests, All Night Skates, Bands, and plenty of special events to keep you warm all winter long!

At this point in time we plan to open the park for a few days a week in mid September 2014, with the park opening 7 Days a week starting October 15, 2014 to officially begin our 2015 season.

The pricing and hours WILL change from what you see now, please bear with us through this transitional phase and we will see you all very soon!

Rich Hoppe / Dan Butler & The Fort Wayne Indoor Team

Backyard Ramp Fundraiser

Backyard Ramp Fundraiser

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