Apr 7, 2010

Whose Parks Are They?


Denise Sanchez/The Morning Call/April 4, 2010

Shown above, Luciana Martucci, with her Barbie fishing pole, teaches her daddy how to fish in an Allentown park. Luciana is concerned that the Trail Network Plan will encourage many additional bicyclists, going much faster, which will make watching her daddy more difficult; He tends to wander when they walk on the paths. She doesn't understand why the paths are going to be dug up and paved to accommodate one particular set of users, at the expense of all others.

The parks are a nationally recognized heritage of all Allentonians, from one generation to the next. No one Administration, or set of Trustee's, is entitled to impose irreversible changes in its design or use.

photocredit:Denise Sanchez/The Morning Call/April 4, 2010

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mike-

As a Bethlehem resident, I have long admired Allentown's park system. It is indeed unfortunate that (along with other institutions) the park system is being slowly mismanaged toward mediocrity. You are to be congratulated for trying to save the system. One big problem that people like you face is that far too many people today are not engaged. They know little (and care even less) about subjects like history. The history and traditions are meaningless and therefore, indifference becomes the norm.

Mark from Bethlehem

Anonymous said...

I should imagine little Luciana will be rather heart-broken then by tonight's masterpiece tragedy performance on offer from the theater company of the City With No Limits :

"THE RUBBER-STAMP ACT"

Anonymous said...

Here is how one can easily tell this Park thing was always a lost cause for those who liked things the way they were :

"Like the majority of the people who lected (not a copy mistake) him, I support the mayor (shouldn't that be Mayor?) and I think Mr. Weitzel is doing a very good thing for the parks.

It;s (no copy error) nice to see something being done for the people that is real.

Beautiful public spaces are necessary at all times but especially in the economic times we are in"

Commentor
The Morning Call
4/06/2010 8:01 AM

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Go Bulldozers.

Anonymous said...

There's nothing quite like having an enemy, is there? It's just so much easier to hate than reconcile.

michael molovinsky said...

anon 2:25, i don't know what you're referring to, if you care to elaborate, fine, if not, i will delete your comment later today.

monkey momma said...

Good luck tonight, Mr. Molovinsky. I am unable to attend tonight's meeting, as my kids have their science fair tonight. Oh well...it should be a good meeting, tonight, though! I'd love to attend this one.

It is distressing to see what has happened down at Cedar Beach. I can only hope and pray that the city's financial problems will halt the so-called progress Weitzel and others are trying to impose on our parks system.

I just wanted to say thank you for being such a strong advocate for our local parks. I appreciate your dedication and attention to this problem, and I wish you the best in weilding some influence tonight. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Welcome to the City Council!
Come on in and see what's happening
Pay your taxes, get your tickets for the show

The stage is set, the bureaucrats start yapping
Suddenly your heart is pounding
Wishing secretly you were a pol

But don't be fooled by the radio
The TV or the magazines
They show you photographs of how your life should be
BUT THEY'RE JUST SOMEONE ELSE's FANTASY

So, if you think you life is complete confusion
Because the Bulldozer always wins the game

Just remember, it's a Grand Illusion
And, deep inside, all Bureaucrats are the same.

ROLF OELER

Anonymous said...

I was in Philadelphia over the Easter holiday and had the privilege of spending time in Fairmount Park, on of the largest urban parks in the country. Hundreds of bicyclists co-existed on the paths with thousands of pedestrians. It was packed, and everyone did just fine. You complain about catering to one crowd, by demanding catering to another. Can't we all just get along?

Anonymous said...

I used to live in Philly.

Our soccer team held training in Fairmount Park.

In no way are Fairmount Park and the Allentown Park system even remotely close.

Apples to oranges, without question.

It is time for Allentown to stop trying to be like New York and Philly.

There is a reason I moved out of Philly and back to Allentown some years ago.

It now appears to be a monster mistake.

I should have listened to the dude who coined the phrase "You Can't Go Home Again"