Allentown skate park receives $300,000 matching grant

December 5, 2018 by  

A skate park set to be built in Allentown has received a $300,000 matching grant. Awarded by the Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, the skate part was one of the 280 state projects that received money.

Governor Tom Wolf said projects that received money offered outdoor recreation to local residents and attracted tourists to the region. The skate park is proposed to be built in Jordan Park where the clay tennis courts are.

City officials worked on the design of the skate park with Gridline Stateparks of Seattle, and received input from the community too. Allentown has printing services that design corporate gifts for fundraising projects like this.

The state grant will be used for the first phase of developing the new park, and Allentown will match the grant with $300,000 of its own money. They are still looking to raise the remaining $50,000 for Phase 1.

The second phase of the skate park will cost $800,000 and Allentown will be looking for alternative funding for the project.

The Mayor Ray O’Connell says that the skate park will be a great addition to the 15 exercise stations installed over two years ago.

Allentown Park and Recreation Director Karen El-Chaar says that she knows that the youth in Allentown will love the new skating park when it is completed. Phase One is set to start in 2020, with Phase Two starting in 2022.