Located in Pittsburgh, PA, Fun Slides is truly a one-of-a-kind skatepark. They are the only carpet skatepark in existence and the skates are not your average roller skates, but a unique design created by the founders.
From Concept to Skatepark: How Fun Slides Began & Where It Is Today
Don J. Edwards and his son, Don V. Edwards, created the concept behind Fun Slides in 2002. They based the skate design off of a device they had already created as carpet installers to help move furniture around easily. Once tested, the duo took this invention to the people and demonstrated Fun Slides at the Gravity Games in Cleveland, Ohio. From that day on, they knew they had to open a family entertainment center.
Fast forward to 2020, COVID-19 impacted the business and its previous owner decided to sell. The locals were distraught, posting comments on the FEC’s Facebook page about the one-of-a-kind fun that it brought to the Pittsburgh area. People shared their memories, pictures, and more.
But a miracle did happen. A local and family-owned business stepped in to save Fun Slides Skatepark from closing its doors. The Swack Business group is a Pittsburgh-based business owned and operated by the Swackhammer family. Owners Jeff Sr., Jeff Jr., and Tim are all Pittsburgh natives who wanted to stop the local family entertainment facility from closing due to COVID.
In one interview, Tim said, “I want to make sure that my kids have a safe and fun place to play and have a birthday party just like I did as a kid.”
The facility reopened under new management in October 2020.
Adapting to the “New Normal”
Fun Slides goes above and beyond to keep everyone safe and comfortable. Being a massive facility, social distancing is effortless. But they also offer private playgroups where you can reserve the entire facility for as little as $175.
Additionally, they instituted temperature checks for guests and staff, constantly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces, conduct a daily broad spectrum disinfection of the facility and use an ozone air purifier overnight.
Tim mentioned that his favorite part of working with Party Center Software is the ease of being able to add new options and parties to the system. Now more than ever, he said, being able to alter their offerings quickly and efficiently has been a huge help.
Fun Slides Skatepark's Goals for 2021
Tim mentioned that their biggest goals for the new year are to keep the staff and guests of their facility safe and to get back to pre-pandemic levels by Q4 of 2021.
I'd like to extend a special thank you to Tim & Jonathan of Fun Slides Carpet Skatepark for the tour! Please follow them on Instagram, @funslidespbgh, or Facebook!