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asdhiwbbghio
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« on: February 15, 2010, 10:55:51 AM »

Will be located in historical Southside Bethlehem, Pa., The Bethlehem Skateplaza will be more then 750 feet long, the plaza will be capable of supporting skaters and bmxers. Replicating popular spots that are well known and publicized in magazines and videos, the skateplaza brings the best of New York, LA, Tokyo, London, and Barcelona.


FOR MORE INFO AND VIDEO OF PLANS
http://www.bethlehemskateplaza.com/

Phase 1 is currently being worked on.
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« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2010, 11:31:33 AM »

supporting skaters and bmxers.
great. heres a tip: SPERATE FUCKING FACILITIES.

stop crowding us with the dudes we hate.

would you put a basketball hoop at the end of a football field and call it "mixed use?"

no, because its fucking stupid. as is building parks where bikes are allowed.
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« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2010, 11:42:17 AM »

supporting skaters and bmxers.
great. heres a tip: SPERATE FUCKING FACILITIES.

stop crowding us with the dudes we hate.

would you put a basketball hoop at the end of a football field and call it "mixed use?"

no, because its fucking stupid. as is building parks where bikes are allowed.



The plaza will be 40,000 sq feet when all 3 phases are complete. Plenty of room.

ALSO. If you have a Facebook just becoming a fan of the Bethlehem Skateplaza page would be awesome.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bethlehem-PA/The-City-of-Bethlehem-Skateplaza-Supporter-Fan-Page/232761801442?ref=ts
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« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2010, 11:53:03 AM »

"when all 3 phases are complete" i believe you mean "if," sir.

see, its gonna be real tough to secure funding for the second two phases once you start having all the problems that shared use will cause. there will be confrontations and fights. a lot of kids simply will stick to the streets, since trying to fight bikers for runs is next to impossible, and the damage their pegs cause will render the ledges useless within the first year.

i'm guessing that the local skaters have already voiced these concerns, but you're mister cool park and rec guy who really knows best, right?

shared use doesn't work. bikers kill scenes. this is a fact. ask just about anyone who's been skateboarding more than a year or two.
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« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2010, 11:57:51 AM »

shared use does suck, BUT i'd rather deal with it than not have a 40,000 skate plaza in my area.
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« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2010, 12:09:43 PM »

40,000 square feet IF they build all three phases, which cities very rarely do.

and i'd rather have 20,000 square feet of skatepark, with a 20,000 square foot bike park SOMEWHERE ELSE.
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« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2010, 12:12:47 PM »

There will be metal coping place on ledges and etc. to prevent damages because we don't want it to go to shit within the first 6 months. I can't do anything about the bikers, maybe I should have purposely left that part out since that's one of the main things your focusing on. Yes, obviously getting funding for the rest of it is going to be difficult. It's an enormous project. I'm just trying to spread the woooord.
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« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2010, 12:18:44 PM »

bail bail bail,  this aint cali.  stick to shit you know.  we've been sharing facilities with the bikers at penn skate for years.  to tell you the truth, and it hurts the heart, but the bikers are more hardcore than most of this current crop of skaters. MOST OF, not all, praise be to jah.
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« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2010, 12:24:06 PM »

oh and big ups to andy and the heads at homebase for making this shit pop off!!!
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« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2010, 12:26:53 PM »

bail bail bail,  this aint cali.  stick to shit you know.  we've been sharing facilities with the bikers at penn skate for years.  to tell you the truth, and it hurts the heart, but the bikers are more hardcore than most of this current crop of skaters. MOST OF, not all, praise be to jah.

100 percent correct. i've been able to co exist with the bikers in the area over all these years as a skateboarder. 

all hail Andy Po at Homebase for sure.  this whole thing would be nothing without him. 
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« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2010, 12:41:35 PM »

Penn skate is a private park, where they can afford to replace the fucked coping from bikers. Trust me, metal won't save ledges for more than a year. Then who's gonna fix it? Nobody pays fees on a public park, fool. Nobody but tax payers, and they don't pay for maintenance, they pay for the park to be built and that's it.
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« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2010, 01:00:41 PM »

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Nobody pays fees on a public park, fool. Nobody but tax payers, and they don't pay for maintenance, they pay for the park to be built and that's it.


We have grants that were allocated to us to be specifically used for the plaza and donations that we get through the site http://www.bethlehem-pa.gov/skateplaza/ or money donated at Homebase Skateshop. http://homebase610.com/ We aren't using tax dollars as far as I'm aware.
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« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2010, 01:09:17 PM »

i was just going to say that. most parks aren'tfrom tax dollars, but from community fundraising...


it's cool that a new park is being built, and i have nothing but respect for the dudes with the tact and patience to deal with city people to get shit like this going, but bikes fucking suck. explanation point.
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« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2010, 01:14:34 PM »

Okay, let me know how that maintenance goes.  Wink
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« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2010, 01:21:35 PM »

Okay, let me know how that maintenance goes.  Wink

I see your point. I don't know much about the maintenance and how the upkeep will go, but there are a lot of people that care about the plaza and support this. They won't let it go to hell that quickly especially with all the time/effort that everyone's putting into it.

You should let Rob Dyrdek know that his Kettering plaza ledges have been crumbling for years.  Wink
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