All Ramps – Ministero dello SkateboardJanuary 12th, 2012 by admin received 1 Comment » Tweet
We wanna talk today about ‘Ministero dello Skateboard’, a temporary indoor park also known as the skaters paradise. Yes, in fact we’re talking about a 1600 mq brand new skate playground! To present this beauty at its best we have here one of the guys who worked hard behind the project, Gianluca Porcheddu.
The skatepark ‘Ministero dello Skateboard’ has been built by All-Ramps. What’s All-Ramps and what’s its mission?
All Ramps is skateable aluminium sign…I’m jocking… All Ramps is the name of the company founded about one year ago by me, my brother in law (and life mate) Manuele Tresoldi, and my sister Ylenia with the help on my dad – and building expert – Moreno. In a few words, it’s a dream that turns into reality, the idea of doing a job we really love. All Ramps’ mission is to make skateable any idea. That’s why we don’t use any catalogue, but we prefer to design directly with the skaters their own skatepark.
What are the structures in ‘Ministero dello Skateboard’? When is the park open, and until when?
At the moment the skatepark has a fantastic mini ramp (this is where the name “MINI”STERO comes from) a quarter, a bank, a pyramid fun box with rail and bench and many other street stuff. I said ‘at the moment’ because, as we love building, there’s something new almost every week, to make our skaters happy.
We opened on December 3rd and it was a fantastic day, with more than 150 skaters whoshowed up from North and Centra Italy. We’ll close in June, if nothing change.
Why will you have to close the doors in June?
Vimercate Council will demolish part of the sporting centre in order to build a new sports complex. Since at the moment the main palace was vacant, we thought it was a good way to start our activity. So we placed our park to promote skateboarding. We think that the most important thing at the moment is to offer to all the local skaters a place where to ride in winter and with bad weather. A place like this is not necessary in summer and fortunately there are a couple of outdoor spots nearby. It’s also true that in summer we’re busy with events and contests!
We know it can be very difficult to go on with such a project, especially with Italian bureaucracy. Did you have to face many difficulties to realize the skatepark?
Fortunately we didn’t have many difficulties as we’re both builder and manager of the whole park and as we were already an amateur sporting associatin ”Skate All”, association that we had founded earlier to promote skateboarding.
What would you suggest to all the motivated people out there trying to cut out a public space where to ride?
We suggest to persist. In every single town there are many facilities for soccer, volleyball, tennis…and many other common sports. But who want to skate has to take public transport to move around in search of a good spot where to practice. The first answer given by any local authority is always ”NO!”. You have to make them understand that skateboarding doesn’t mean ”delinquency” – it’s a real sport and needs to be treated as any other sport.
We and our sporting association are pushing in this way, organizing skateboarding lessons and making authority understand that young people need to have several sport choices and not only the most traditional ones.
Who’s working or worked behind Ministero dello Skateboard?
Me, Manuele, Ylenia and my dad. So, the whole family is involved in this project. Even people at home are helping us with tons of support. The opening timetable is quite hard and also have to go on with the production as we’re currently working also at some snowboarding structures. We’re always in a hurry!
Are there any upcoming contests or events in the skatepark?
Sure, we intend to organize something soon. At the moment the only date is January 27th. We’re organizing a ”gift for trick” to have fun. After that we’ll move to the Acropolis, the club close to the park. The event’s name is “SKATE AND DISTORSION”. There’ll also be some new local bands playing there: BLACK BANANA and DAYLIGHT 7 TIMES.
What are your projects for the future? What’s going to happen after June?
We’ll run around, hoping to have a lot of requests for our stuff to be rent.
Thank you Gianluca, keep up the good work!
Pictures: (c)Alessio Scaccabarozzi, (c)Nico Cremona, (c)Federico Tarchini