We’re often asked “How did you get Bethlehem to build the skateplaza?” There’s a 2-part answer to that question.
1) Patience: The skateplaza design team, consisting of Chad Shaner, Erich Hornung and myself waited and worked with the City of Bethlehem for over 10 years before we saw it open on July 16th 2010.
2) Support from the City of Bethlehem: This is our Police Chief, Jason Schiffer. . . . using the Bethlehem Skateplaza. Our local government believes in the positive effects providing spaces like skateparks have in our community. Without the support from community leaders like Officer Schiffer, Mayor Callahan, members of City Council Willie Reynolds and Jane Dolan and the Parks & Rec office, Ralph Carp and his staff we would not have a place to skateboard legally in Bethlehem.
Furthermore, their continued interest and partnership in maintaining and expanding the Bethlehem Skateplaza is a key reason it continues to be a positive and safe place in Bethlehem for kids of all ages (and kids at heart) to enjoy.
Thank you Bethlehem.