Bethlehem Skateplaza needs help — City attempting to reallocate funds

bethlehem_skateplaza@homebase610 has brought to our atten­tion a really shady sit­u­a­tion in regards to the fund­ing that has been raised for the Bethlehem Skateplaza in Bethlehem, PA.

At TONIGHT’s City Council meet­ing, 7pm in the Rotunda Building between City Hall and the Bethlehem Library, a mem­ber of coun­cil wants to pur­pose that all the funds that have been allo­cated to the Bethlehem Skateplaza and other “non-​​essential” projects go into a sav­ings account for a rainy day.

I’m not say­ing that sav­ing for a rainy day in this econ­omy isn’t a pru­dent thing to do BUT:

1) There are NO CITY TAX dol­lars going to the Bethlehem Skateplaza

2) The grant money that we raised for the Bethlehem Skateplaza was SPECIFICALLY awarded to the City for the Bethlehem Skateplaza and The Greenway due to the grant writ­ing done by the Parks Department.

3) Members of the state came down and were shown the loca­tion of the skateplaza, told about the part­ner­ship between the com­mu­nity and the City being built through the skateplaza andwere impressed by our design so the state/​federal money was award to our project– not a sav­ings account.

4)  The rest of the fund­ing for the Bethlehem Skateplaza is being raised through solicited spon­sor­ships and dona­tions by cor­po­rate com­pa­nies, local busi­ness and the com­mu­nity– NOT CITY TAX DOLLARS

HomeBase is located at 14 west 4th street, beth­le­hem, pa. The park looks like it would be rad and would be a shame if a lot of peo­ples hard work got re-​​purposed for a “rainy day”.


11 thoughts on “Bethlehem Skateplaza needs help — City attempting to reallocate funds

  1. Speaking of real­lo­cat­ing, what hap­pened to the funds raised for our river park? Could it be they went to other parks built recently in our gen­eral vicinity?

  2. Thanks for the link George. Says funds are 75% raised for the river park. Maybe some of the com­pa­nies reap­ing ben­e­fits from our lifestyle can help fit the bill for the other 25%? What about DC? DVS, Alien Workshop… They were will­ing to give 5 mil­lion for Love park or was that just when Kalis lived here. I know they have their own site but peo­ple read and actu­ally com­mu­ni­cate on here. I was begin­ning to think that OUR park was a lost cause. Pop’s is dope but down­town needs a park or two too.

  3. just so every­one knows, this did NOT go through. it was a 5 to 2 vote against the amend­ment on the bud­get. SO, this means skatepark is right on track and hop­ing to break ground VERY soon.

  4. Way to go Mike and your crew in Bethlehem! How did it go down? Did a lot of skaters show up? Eric, I wish I had some infor­ma­tion about the Philadelphia park. I wish every­one had a good update. In fact, the trade show would be a great time for us all to be updated.

  5. about 30 or so skate­board­ers and sup­port­ers met up at home­base skateshop, had card­board signs to carry and rolled to the meet­ing in force. it was pretty cool to hear about 5 skate­board­ers speak, then get fol­lowed by the head of police BACKING the park, and some other local res­i­dents back­ing it. its nice to say we won one! keep your eyes peeled for updates, this is really going to be an amaz­ing plaza. go to the web­site for details– home​base610​.com

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