The reporter from WFMZ asked what it me what it felt like to be opening the 2nd phase of the Bethlehem Skateplaza and I think my response was “It’s surreal.” There are no words that can fully describe what its like to know deep down you played a part in creating something that you, your best friends and other skateboarders you don’t even know could come use. Maybe some appreciate what that role is and maybe some don’t; skating attracts all types of people but in the end it’s for all of you to enjoy- forever.
All I’ve ever asked those of you who visit the skateplaza is: Respect the plaza, keep it clean, keep all the nonsense out and we’ll keep building because Phase 2 is only half of what the City of Bethlehem allowed Chad Shaner, Erich Hornung and I to dream up.
For those who support us, thank you for helping us realize that dream.
The stage is set.
Props to Jason from Grindline who handled the pump for most of the shotcrete work in Phase 2 with Who Skateparks & 5th Pocket Design. He came through the next day and raged around blasting ollies out of the big hip. He said he always wanted to do that. And I do remember him saying once that he rarely got to skate the parks he worked on because he’d move on to the next job so quickly
That might have been one of the more awesome moments since Phase 2 opening- watching Jason enjoy the fruits of his labor.
Thank you to all the people who made this possible. (Edit by Sean Smith)
Enjoy the rest of the Jaime Heim & Mike Panic’s photos from the event below: