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TIMELINE: THE 3-STEP JOURNEY TO BUILD
Vote on final designs
Establish cost of build
Set fundraising goal
Crowdfunding & sponsorship
What do we want?
To create a community driven, permanent and quality space by collaborating with local skaters to shape the park design.
Long term, we really want this collaboration to inspire more people to advocate and participate in the sport we love so much to make Manchester an even better place to skate.
How will we do it?
The next and most crucial step is to consult with local skaters to shape the design of the park. We are already getting some great feedback, and will continue to gather ideas through Instagram, TikTok, Discord and face-to-face discussions.
The ideas from the community will be used to draft initial designs for the redevelopment and establish costing. At that point we will have what we need to seek planning permission and then finally begin to fundraise.
We have already met with the Fog Lane Park Committee who have given us their blessing to begin this project, and we will be speaking with local businesses, schools, and parents to raise awareness and support.
Why are we doing this?
As skaters ourselves, we truly believe in the benefits that skating can have on health, well-being and building a community. We want to give back to the sport that has given us so much.
Local skateparks hold a special place in the hearts of so many people and we’re determined that this project for Fog Lane Skatepark is shaped by those people. We don’t have grand visions of a skatepark with full pipes, heli-pads, fire eaters and a vending machine. All we want is a welcoming, long lasting, public space that Manchester’s skaters feel is their own.
How can I help?
Spreading the word! You can help make the improved Fog Lane Skatepark become a reality by sharing our profiles and posts on social media and keeping an eye out for updates. We are going to need all the help we can get!
Most importantly, you can help by giving us your suggestions for what you’d like Fog Lane Skatepark to be, and together, we will create a space we’ll all be proud of.
A skatepark in Fog Lane Park, Didsbury, Manchester could be set to be developed into a new permanent, accessible and high-quality skating space following a round of upcoming public funding.
Taking on the project are two brothers, Gareth Breeze and Christian D’Andrea, who want to help to improve the park and make it safe for all those wishing to skate in the local area.
Manchester’s free-to-access, public-funded spaces for action sports are severely lacking, and skating is banned in large areas of the city centre. These two factors have resulted in skaters coming together to create DIY skateparks within the city, to provide a safe space to enjoy their sport for free.
Fog Lane Skatepark will embrace the collaborative spirit of these DIY skateparks and build a safe high-quality skate park, for skaters of all ages, by crowdsourcing design ideas for the space from the skate community.
In order to achieve this, the brothers will begin by engaging with the local community, via social media and meetups, to shape the design of the park, keeping the community at the heart of the project.
From there the final design will be created, with the help of skatepark builders, and an official fundraising goal will be set. The crowdfunding, grants and other donations will be used to build the skatepark and achieve the goal of redesigning and rebuilding a brand new safer skatepark.
Once the fundraising for Fog Lane Skatepark is secured, Breeze and D’Andrea will be looking to collaborate with other Manchester artists to fill the space with street-art and showcase the wealth of artistic talent within the city.
Gareth Breeze and Christian D’Andrea of EBGB Studios, a family run Manchester based creative studio, have volunteered their services to give Fog Lane Park the skatepark it deserves. The pair are excited about the prospect of combining their passion for skating with the experience of the studio to make Manchester a better place to skate.
Gareth Breeze, Founder of EBGB Studios, said: “From the first time I nervously rolled into Bones – Stockport in 1999, to now trying to relearn old tricks, skating has always provided some form of escape and adventure. We’re determined to give back to the sport that has given us so much. We know that this campaign to redevelop Fog Lane Skatepark is likely to be a long one, and we’re both in it for the long haul!”
For now, the brothers plan to raise the profile of the project to boost the fundraising prospects and to potentially secure temporary provisions to improve the space in the short term.