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If You Build It, They Will Skate

Pin ItBy Michelle Pittman
By the spring of 2010, one of the most conspicuous aspects of the Greenway will be under construction – the Bethlehem Skateplaza. Located by Daly Avenue, the skate park will eventually incorporate the best features of popular street spots from around the globe into one safe, city-run site.
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By Michelle Pittman

By the spring of 2010, one of the most conspicuous aspects of the Greenway will be under construction – the Bethlehem Skateplaza. Located by Daly Avenue, the skate park will eventually incorporate the best features of popular street spots from around the globe into one safe, city-run site.

The idea is simple – instead of merely caging in skaters and BMX bikers to keep them off the streets, the city worked with the skating and biking community in Bethlehem to design a park that was challenging enough for seasoned skaters, but also provides easier challenges for the beginner. The result was the lofty goal of undertaking the design and construction of a park that would truly be world class, a new standard in skate park design. The winning design includes famous spots from Vancouver, Los Angeles, Tokyo, London and Barcelona, just to name a few, that are instantly recognizable to the action sports enthusiast. For the passerby, however, the plaza will look much like any other city park – a place to relax and enjoy a quiet haven in the midst of the bustling city.

And at more than 750-feet long, the size of the park is unprecedented when compared with other projects in the Northeast – big enough that Bethlehem is betting the park will attract not just tourists, but also national action sports sponsors. Eventually, the park could host major skating and biking events, attracting even
more visitors to the area.

But perhaps most importantly, the park will meet a real need within the city – it gives skaters and bikers a safe and convenient location to do what they love, and provides an area to watch the action or just enjoy a nice, sunny day. Though the park has been a long time in the making, it’s clear that it will be well worth the wait.

For more information about the Skateplaza or how to help support it, visit www.BethlehemSkateplaza.com. You can also visit Homebase and talk to Andy Po in person!


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Please vote for the Skateplaza in the Pepsi Refresh contest. The top 2 votegetters will receive $250,000! You can vote once a day, so please do. Voting ends March 31st. And forward to your friends and networks, too. Thanks!


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My friend worked on a commercial for the Bethlehem Skate Plaza.
You can view it on YouTube here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHXKkZcj7q8

03.08.10

Very cool, Chris… thanks for posting it! I just love the jumping “no skateboarding” street sign following the kid. Brilliant!

03.08.10

Possibly one of the most impressive things is that this entire project is being built with both full city support and not one tax dollar. The link to the Pepsi Refresh contest could help secure an additional $250k for this project and takes only a few seconds to vote, and you can vote daily.

Please support this project for Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley’s sake!

03.08.10

Thanks for your comment, Mike! Such a great point… no tax dollar spent. amazing!

I vote every day! I would vote more if I could, but I can’t, so I just ask other people to vote, too. 🙂

03.08.10

Hey people! I’ve updated this page so you can vote right here! See the “widget” right above the comments.

03.08.10

Awesome widget! Thanks, Marty. 🙂

Please everyone, vote! It only takes a couple minutes. And when you do it, you get to hear the crispy, yummy sound of soda opening. Please tell your friends, too.

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