Despite what some in the Lehigh Valley might think, Quakertown is not just another exit on the Northeast Extension. It is also home to a skatepark and a pretty strong skate scene of its own, one that’s getting stronger. Homebase made the trip over to Quakertown the other day to do some skating, have a little contest, and talk to Dave Kratz about how to continue building the scene in a positive way.
While Quakertown does have an existing skatepark, the big push right now is to have it replaced by a newer, more creative, cement skatepark. Recently, the Quakertown skateboarders have been working with Jesse Clayton from 5th Pocket Design to try to plan a new park to go in at the location of the current one. Whether you know it or not, you are probably familiar with Jesse’s work. He is the mind and the muscle behind parks like the Ambler Plaza, the Whitehall park, Pops Playground, and even 7th street in Delaware. If you’ve been to any of these parks, you know the kind of work 5th Pocket Design does, and you know it’s definitely a project worth pursuing here in the Valley.
How can you help? Easy. Come out to the Quakertown park on Saturday, September 29th and be a part of Free Fall 2012. Hosted by the FCA, and sponsored by local organizations, and even some bigger skateboarding brands like DLXSF, Free Fall 2012 will be a day of skate and bmx contests, free food, games, and entertainment. If you’re going to be in the area, or if you have the time to make the trip from outside the area, I definitely suggest you try to make it out for this one. It’s always a good time with good people in Quakertown. All of the info you could ever need can be found on the official Free Fall 2012 event page.
But you know I wasn’t going to leave you without some skateboarding! We had a fun little sunset flat bar session at the park last week, and even managed to make a little clip of it. Keep and eye on the Homebase Facebook page to find out when we’ll be in town for another session. See you in Quakertown.