The Bethel, Maine skatepark opened in the fall of 2009. It is a community space that connects a playground and boat launch with a footpath on the edge of the Androscoggin River. There are no fences or obstructions. The park is open and inviting. Most everyone, and that means over a half million people, pass by since the Parkway connects the town and Sunday River ski area. Sometimes dog walkers stop in and sit down. Sometimes parents with young kids slide around on the concrete. It is a space that defies simple definition.
Even if you only drive by, the park frames your gaze at the river and links together the recreational space. It is a positive and inclusive space. It is an artistic statement for all who pass through this small Western Maine town. The concrete is sculpted to insist that the connection between recreation and the natural world is vivid and real.
There are several aspects of the concrete which were never fully finished. At this time, we hope to make the park complete. The entire community and all those who visit will benefit.
Risks and challenges
We are always concerned about construction costs and over runs. Weather is also a factor in Northern New England. We feel like if the goal is met, the project can finally be completed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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