Dean Lane Skatepark Fundraiser

FUNDRAISER UPDATE: Thanks you to everyone who donated to this cause. The project is now with Bristol city council who are in the process of putting it to tender. As soon as I have a start date on the build I will make an announcement via instagram @fix.up_  Thanks for your patience. 

Dean Lane skatepark is one of the UK's most iconic skateparks. I am looking to raise funds to build an additional section of the park where the derelict basketball court currently sits. This land is currently unused but could add so much to the potential of the skatepark. 

Bristol lacks a smooth, flat open space in the city centre. Somewhere with small simple skateable objects where skaters can practise without disturbance. This would fill that void.

As a local skateboarder, business owner, father and general lover of Bristol I am extremely passionate about encouraging skateboarding as a great outlet both physically and creatively.

If you support this cause please donate and share this page. Here is a short sharable video that will help others understand the need for this space.

For more info please download this fundraiser document:
It provides additional info about how else we will raise funds and why now is the perfect time to refurbish this part of the park.

To help encourage donations I am also running a social campaign called #2020skatedonate . The concept is simple. 
1. We ask skaters to film 20 tricks in a session.
2. They post the film on social media and nominate/tag 3 of their mates to take the challenge.
3. They then ask friends/family to donate to our cause.
Anyone can get involved and the tricks can be as easy or hard as you like.

Here's our campaign film:

In terms of where the funds will be spent. I have anticipated that the resurfacing will cost in the region of £6,000 and the additional £6,000 will go towards creating small, moveable skate objects. The resurfacing has not been tendered yet but we are partnered with local skatepark designers, Canvas, who are willing provide the skateable forms at minimal cost for this project. They ran a similar project in the Bear Pit recently which was a huge success and helped regenerate the area.

Here is some history of the park.

Built-in the 1978 Dean Lane skatepark sits in the heart of Dame Emily Park in Bedminster, Bristol. Known locally as The Deaner it’s like no other park in the UK. Its crusty DIY transitions are built into a hill making going fast mandatory not optional. The cracks and imperfections make it much tougher to skate than modern skateparks but this has helped create its reputation. 

“Nothing meaner than the Deaner” 

If you want to find out more about the history of Dean Lane skatepark please watch this feature documentary.

Thanks for your support.


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Dan Higginson 
Bristol, South West England, United Kingdom
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