If you’ve skated the plaza since July then you’ve seen the progress on Phase 2 which will almost double the plaza in size when we hope to see it open later this month or in early November.
The crew from FA Rohrbach has been there almost everyday behind that fence forming, pouring and smoothing out concrete you will soon be skating. The specialty crew from Who Skateparks & 5th Pocket Design just left town on Monday after completing all the shotcrete work on the tighter banks and transitions in Phase 2.
Phase 1 was a great start to this project, giving us a vision of what skateparks in the Lehigh Valley could be like if the skaters, BMXers and local government would work together to benefit the community instead of fighting each other. Phase 2 is going to make the place an amazing place to skate daily and hold huge East Coast skate events attracting even more attention to our scene and city.
After all the years of work, regardless of any of the criticism I’m proud of what we as a skate have been able to accomplish as a positive place in the community that defies all the stereotypes skaters and skateparks the ignorant people in our community give us.
I urge you to continue using the skateplaza responsibly as it grows because not only do we still have Phase 3 to build- we’re also an example to the other skaters trying to get there community to build them a park to. We don’t want to give some douche bag the ability to ever say, “We don’t want to build a skatepark because look what happened in Bethlehem . . .”
Thanks to all the people who have made the Bethlehem Skateplaza possible: Mayor John Callahan, The City Council, Ralph Carp & everyone in Parks, Erich Hornung & David Hornung Architects, Chad Shaner, FA Rohrbach, Who Skateparks/5th Pocket Design Crew: Q, Jack, TZ, Jason, Jesse and Eric Elliot and all the skaters and BMXers who repsect the skateplaza and each other when they come ride.
Even though the Buy-A-Brick Fundraiser is an ongoing thing- I hope you bought yours already! We should see the bricks laid at the entrance once the pavilion/bathroom is installed . . . possibly come Spring 2013.