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Preliminary designs unveiled for Allentown Skate Park

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - City skaters and bikers got a glimpse of the preliminary design for the planned City of Allentown Skate Park on Wednesday night at the Alternative Gallery.

Micah Shapiro, representing Grindline, a Seattle firm, which won the contract to design the skate park, presented the plans for the park; it will be built on the former clay tennis courts at Jordan Park,

The park will be built in two phases, starting in fall 2018. Phase 1 has a budget of $500,000, while $800,000 is budgeted for Phase 2.

Shapiro said that the park will be built on a flat site.

People of all skill levels wanting to ride a skateboard, BMX or scooter are welcome at the park, Shapiro said.

The existing playground and handball courts in the area will continue to be maintained. A fence currently surrounding the area will be kept.

Shapiro said that the skate park will feature many elevation changes. For example, in one section of the park, one side will begin with 4-foot drops, with the other side featuring 8-foot drops.

Phase 2 of the park will include a 10-foot wall with rollers leading up to it, all of which will offer “a lot of speed possibilities,” Shapiro said.

Among other features, the park will also include 4-foot deep ditches as well as a 3-and-a-half foot beginner’s section.

Depending on how much money is left in the budget once the park is completed, Grindline might decide to add more features to the area, Shapiro said.

In response to a question from an audience member, Shapiro said that once the final design is completed, the firm could apply to the Tony Hawk Foundation to ask for a contribution to the project.

Shapiro took several suggestions and listened to feedback from members of the excited and engaged audience throughout the evening.

Some audience members suggested tweaks to some of the proposed walls and rollers throughout the park.

Shapiro said that he and the company will take the comments and suggestions he received and use them to come up with a final design for the park.

Tonight’s meeting is the second one that has been held to discuss the park. A third meeting will be held in late October.

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