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South Bethlehem Greenway

This rails-to-trails project has been in the planning process for four years, with the initial planning carried out from 2005 to 2006. The City finalized purchase of the 60’ wide swath of old railbed from Union Station on the north to Saucon Park on the south, and has been clearing brush and trash as well as installing temporary signage. The ribbon cutting on the first section, which was a collaboration between the Sands Casino and the City, took place on October 13, 2009. Thanks to the many partners who made this a reality, including but not limited to Northampton County, PA Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources, PA Dept. of Transportation, and federal funds as well. This 12-foot wide section extends from Third Street eastward to the future Skateplaza site. Actual “Phase I” (from New Street east to Fillmore Street) will get under way in Spring 2010. Phase I will include five street crossings (please see this link for rendering). The City, along with our consultant Simone Collins Landscape Architects, has also firmed up plans for Phase 2, which will be a continuation of Phase I eastward to Hayes Street. Construction on the Skateplaza, near the intersection of the Lynn Avenue Bridge and Daly Avenue, will be built in multiple phases and is planned to start construction in Fall 2009 or Spring 2010. The Skate Plaza is envisioned to be a regional draw, with Skaters Andy Po and Chad Shaner involved in the architectural and element design.

Please visit the link to our Arts Overlay Plan, which includes a thought-provoking discussion of Community Gardens, Art in Public Spaces, Culture, Education and History.

Greenway Art Overlay Plan

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