Dec 17, 2009
Dept. of Parks and Lies
Allentown's Dept. of Parks and Lies has announced the third public meeting for the Trail Network Plan on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 7:00 at the Allentown Public Library. A newsletter about this meeting has been included with the current water bills. It claims that, so far, more than 500 people have participated in the planning process; quite an amazing claim! The Trail Network is a plan to interconnect all of Allentown's Parks, rather than concentrate on neglected maintenance in each one. Retiring Community Development Director, Joyce Marin, has asserted that this project would be an economic boom for the city. Her other accomplishment in Allentown was continuing the Growers Market at PPL Plaza. Thus far, Allentown has hired four consulting companies for this project; Greenways Incorporated, Stromberg/Garrigan and Associates, Toole Recreation Planning and Mctish, Kunkel and Associates.
Although I will not be charging the City, please join Molovinsky and Associates that evening to provide the City with some more feedback.
ADDENDUM: Andrew Kleiner, author of the blog Remember, which concentrates on our parks, has endorsed this plan. Andrew studies environmental science at Muhlenberg College. I have submitted the following comment to his blog:
andrew, as i read the link you provided, it indicates that jan. 13th is the END of the public input, in other words, another done deal, as was cedar parkway. you have previously asserted on this blog that the process was more in the beginning stages. as one who identified numerous problems in our parks, (jordan, canal, trout) it's disappointing that you don't see this as a distraction, especially financially, from providing solutions to the real problems. the contention, especially about surveys, that over 500 people favor this proposal is a blatant sham. apparently we will built more blacktop paths connecting neglected parks. this will have NO economic spinoff for allentown, and is strictly a recreational plan, at the expense of environmental concerns.