Jan 5, 2010

Lehigh Parkway Heritage Trail


On Sunday August 8, 1982, Ted Mellin, Senior Editor of Call Chronicle (The Morning Call), proudly wrote that Lehigh Parkway bridle path was designated Trail No. 689, a National Heritage Trail by the U.S. Department of Interior and the National Park Service. It was approved by the United States Congress and signed by the President of the United States March 28, 1982. Among the criterion which qualified the park and trail was the planning by General Trexler beginning in 1924. The area was developed and landscaped as a Parkway during the thirties as a W.P.A. project. J. Franklin Meehan of Philadelphia was the landscape architect for the project.

It should be an honor for any Park Director just to protect and maintain the nationally recognized treasures scattered throughout our diverse park system. Let us come together, at the Allentown Library on Wednesday January 13 at 7:00 p.m., and make sure our heritage is preserved, and not ignored at the expense of new fads and projects.

3 comments:

ironpigpen said...

Interesting piece of historical fact.

Sure to be ignored.

Oh well, ignorance is bliss.

West End Betty said...

MM: Right on! No new fads or projects. Preserve our treasures. You are the best--a canary in the coal mine.

ironpigpen said...

Interesting article at HORN AND BELL today, Mr. Molovinsky :

"Lehigh Valley Select Easton For Triple-A All-Star Gala"

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Does Allentown have an annual Heritage Day as Easton apparently do? (seriously)

Do you think Allentown's City Hall is doing all it can to capitalize on the nationally-televised sports event that is coming to Coca-Cola Park on the East Side this summer like Easton apparently is?

Or are people too busy with plans to bulldoze parks...

This season is the 50th Anniversary of the final season of the old Allentown Red Sox.

All kinds of opportunity to celebrate city history and connect it to the present with the AAA All-Star Game about town.

Allentown High School three-sport star BOB HEFFNER played with the Allentown Red Sox before moving on to the Major Leagues with Boston...