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.
Art Overlay Plan
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