Dec 4, 2012

Tragedy At Union Terrace Amphitheater

Last year this blog reported that creek water was becoming dangerously close to the northern pier tower of the Union Terrace stage. An inspection yesterday revealed that the situation has deteriorated, and the pillar is now surrounded by water. It is imperative that the city fill in three sides immediately, and start to plan for a small coffer dam, to enable some fill to be placed on the fourth creek side of the pillar. Union Terrace was the last WPA project in Allentown, and perhaps the one of greatest long term benefit to the citizens. Over the years many generations have enjoyed an occasional performance there, recently being used for outdoor film. The visual symmetry of the two pillars is an esthetic we cannot afford to lose, especially in this the year celebrating our history.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is horrible. While the arena continues to be the city's focus,
the parks are neglected. Check the road behind Lehigh Parkway going towards Vultee. Heavy truck tires have gouged the grass into mud.

PresentAllentownParkAttendee said...

I would have welcomed doing a 'damage assessment' w/ you ... maybe next time.

michael molovinsky said...

@6:56, if you had seen the comments i received yesterday, and didn't print, about your behavior, you might be embarrassed by your daily threats and insults.

Anonymous said...

The threat to these wonderful structures has been pointed out by others in the last six or seven years.
No responce. No remedy.
Instead plastic playgrounds were built and grand plans for blacktop trails pushed through bogus reports and dog & pony show fake public meetings.
Now, there is no Parks Director and City Councils Parks Committee is chaired by an incompetent who was not elected to office.
If the Trexler Trustt has any influence, one can only pray they use it now.

Anonymous said...

This structure will come crashing down any day now.

michael molovinsky said...

@ 7:37, i have not reached out to ms. mota, which i will do this week.

@7:45, at this point in time the pillar is still straight and plumb. i believe a few loads of fill from a backhoe or bobcat could stabilize the danger for present. hopefully the situation will be surveyed by parks and engineering.

Anonymous said...

It is funny that invoke "us" celebrating our history. It is funny because you have not been seen at one "Allentown 250" parties.

michael molovinsky said...

anonymous 5:11, not to be egoistical, but i'm sure you haven't done in your life, what i have done in just the last year, to preserve and promote allentown's history. there's more to that effort than attending some party.

Anonymous said...

What kind of loser would go to one of those parties?