Tuesday, July 02, 2013
$500,000 For Bethlehem's Skate Park?
In 2007, Northampton County Council pledged a cool million to ArtsyFartsyQuest. Another million is going to PBS-39, which after all televises debates for most of the local offices.
Wait a tic, that stopped years ago. Too boring, compared to Charlie Rose.
This money comes from a portion of the hotel tax designed to promote tourism. Given the explosion of arts and entertainment from SteelStacks and PBS' new broadcast studio, it does seems like a great investment.
Now another $500,000 is being proposed for Bethlehem's SkatePlaza, a 750' long, 43,000 sq ft complex located at the eastern end of the City's Greenway. "We are attempting to fill a void that other communities shy away from," explains Parks Director Ralph Karp in a documentary. It is a tourist attraction. First, skate parks are conspicuously absent in most communities. Second, it does attract visitors from the tri-state area.
Northampton County Council will vote on this tonight.