Friday, January 01, 2010

Bethlehem Skate Park Groundbreaking

If you don't live in Bethlehem, or you do not have a skater in your life, you might have missed this headline. Bethlehem is getting a skate park of its very own, and it didn't come easy.

The ceremonial groundbreaking will be on Wednesday January 6th at 3:30 p.m., at the future location of the skateplaza: 1325 Steel Ave. Bethlehem, PA 18015, across from the Sands Casino. The crew from local skate and BMX shop Homebase 610 (14 W. Fourth St., Bethlehem, PA) is sure to be there; they can be credited for raising funds, raising awareness, and rallying support for the project that help keep it from getting axed earlier this month.

Here's an excerpt from the press release issued by the Office of Parks and Public Property for the City of Bethlehem:

Bethlehem, Pa.─ ... Local residents as well as the press are invited to attend and join Mayor John Callahan for the groundbreaking ceremony.

Immediately following the on-site groundbreaking we will proceed to the Forte Building (1337 East 5th Street- where CACLV's offices are located) for hot drinks and light refreshments.

The Skateplaza is anticipated to be a world-class venue, unrivaled in its progressive design and immense size. The plan addresses the needs of the community and the desires of action sports’ enthusiasts to exercise in a safe, secure environment. Benefits include strengthening community partnerships, providing positive youth development and contributing to the health and physical wellbeing of residents in a multi-use, park like setting.

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