Jun 7, 2012

Allentown WPA Association

I began my effort to preserve our WPA heritage back in September of 2008, posting on this blog about the iconic stairwells and walls at Fountain Park. Posts would follow about the lost treasures of Lehigh Parkway, including the Boat Landing, Island and Spring Pond. Within a year, our work brigade cleared the boat landing, buried for over forty years. Since last fall, our group has surveyed all the WPA projects within the park system, and identified the structures most in need of attention. Hopefully, the press and The City of Allentown will support this most worthwhile project.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Do you mean this project took place 2008? Csn't believe that much time has passed. Oh Dear. Getting Old Fast. 2008? Like Yesterday.

michael molovinsky said...

@8:09, i started writing about the wpa in 2008, but our boat landing project took place in oct. of 09

Anonymous said...

I support you. You just may save the priceless WPA work.

michael molovinsky said...

@9:05, there's about a dozen committed members in the group, and another dozen or so who have attended at least one meeting. we have succeeded in putting the problem on the radar, and hopefully can encourage the city to allocate some funding.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Molovinsky,
If only you had been in Lehigh Parkway last night. More than 1,000 cars parked up the hillside now used as the Lights exit as a huge crowd enjoyed yet another nonprofit special event. Cars even parked on the roots of the small recently planted trees adjacent to the roadway. Someone said Mr. Gilbert retired and that may explain why there was not a single yellow taped-off no parking site by those new trees.
There seemed to be total chaos as cars left the park as the event ended, all forced to exit through the narrow single lane that eventually meets the light at Lehigh and Vultee. Cars stacked from Lehigh to the Parkway. Forget the word "emergency." Even an ambulance was stuck in the traffic jam. A few vehicles decided to risk the one-way only pattern and drove the wrong way out to 15th Street.
Why the Park Dept. did not have any sense or order to this event is unbelievable. And, finally,
sadly, broken balloon fragments tied with ribbon now cover the grass, temptation to wildlife that can result in death.