For many skaters trying to find a place to develop their skills can be a hassle. Due to local communities unwilling to recognizing skate boarding as a positive & healthy activity no different than biking. skaters are forced to seek out skate parks in order to be able skate board.
Since I have 2 boys and we live in a private community that seriously prohibits the use of skate boards I sought the advice of my brother in law Dustin Martinez.. Dustin a local skate boarder currently sponsored by HomeBase 610 in Bethlehem, Pa. I asked Dusitn which Skate parks he considered to be the best out of the local area parks. Dustin eagerly described Bethlehem Skate Plaza located on Steel Bethlehem. Bethlehem Skateplaza is a community developed concrete park that offers 750 feet of space for skaters and BMXers. It’s a free, skate at your own risk park that is more than adequate to suit the needs of the beginner skater to the most advanced skaters/BMXers.
Unlike other area parks such as Stroudsburg, Tobyhanna, & Penargyl the Bethlehem Skateplaza is concrete constructed,like the ones you would find out west in California. Stroudsburg, Tobyhanna, & Penargyl are all pre fabricated parks which will not be able to endure the constant demands of use & continue to cost additional funds to maintain. Concrete parks withstand the weather & require little to no maintenance.
It was no easy task getting this park built it took 10 yrs of lobbying & fundraising by the community. Locals raised the funds and then rallied in order to get the city to build as promised. For Dusitn and many others skate parks are as crucial to the development of healthy kids as basketball courts and football fields are. They want to be able to give kids the opportunity to have parks that last and are cost effective for the communities to build, maintain and use.
Although Dustin advocates concrete parks for their obvious community benefits such as cost effectiveness, low maintenance and longevity, we recognize the fact that Bethlehem skateplaza is at this point a one of a kind park in our area and may not be accessible to the average teen. Since public transportation is Bethelehm city buses Pocono kids might consider parks like; Stroudsburg Skate park which is a prefabricated outdoor free park open to skaters at their own risk. Weona Skate park in Penargyl is also a prefabricated outdoor park that is free for public use. Tobyahanna skate park is a free to use outdoor park that offers boxes, rails and a 4 ft mini ramp and is near the Tobyhanna Army Depot about 25 minutes from Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
The Bethlehem Skateplaze hopes to be able to promote new concrete parks in the area and if you would like to be a part of the cause you can buy a brick by visiting their site at http://www.bethlehemskateplaza.com/