Jan 1, 2010
The Allentown Park system has been plundered and neglected for years, by one administration after another. No administration, or park director, has been as clueless as the current crew. Now, for the first time, funds are available (from the Trexler Trust) which could be used to save the important icons, instead of being squandered on recreational schemes. Over the years we have lost so many irreplaceable treasures. Imagine a city which tore down a tropical greenhouse; we did in Trexler Park. Recently, some hard working volunteers helped me dig up the steps leading down to the boat landing. Shown above is the curved portion of the landing which is still covered by earth and trees, and the island. Observe the beauty and tranquility we lost. The stone piers, the difficult and expensive portion for a bridge, are still in place. Imagine a Park Director with the vision to replace that little wooden bridge to the island, instead of spending millions digging up the parks for more bike paths.
Anybody, anytime, can make a macadam path and place an exercise station purchased from a catalog. The little stone bridge, built in 1934 and decaying near the Robin Hood parking lot, can never be duplicated. On January 13th, 7:00 at the Allentown Library, the Park Department is having a public meeting about building more bike paths to connect the parks together. Please join me, and encourage the City to instead preserve our heritage.
photo of landing and island: courtesy of Dan Doyle Collection