Mar 14, 2014

Parkway Spared Another Indignation, For Now

With the decision by Health Network Laboratories to relocate to Hanover Township, Lehigh Parkway has been spared another indignation, for now. Mayor Pawlowski had planned on moving the fire training facility into the park, next to the current police facility and shooting range. This would have created a public safety campus, and significantly increased the traffic into the park. The facility would have been available to outside fire departments and their large equipment. Although Pawlowski was motivated to retain the Lab's 400 jobs on Lehigh Street, he has no feel for the park's grander and history. Shown above is the Robin Hood Bridge. The former adjoining small dam was demolished last fall, and it's rubble piled around the stone piers, turning a former beautiful vista into visual garbage. Although I was asked to conduct another park tour this summer, I declined in protest to this desecration. I have since reconsidered, and the time and place will be announced later this spring by Allentown Friends of the Parks.

Destruction of the beautiful dam, shown in the previous post, and the desecration of the bridge piers shown above, was done by The Wildlands Conservancy, with permission from Mayor Ed Pawlowski.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Where are you on the development of the Parkway entrance with two new apartment buildings. Can this be stopped? If it goes through there will be ecological, aesthetic, and significant traffic consequences for the parkway.

michael molovinsky said...

@6:25, i assume you're referring to the parcel next to regency tower. my only concern is that they keep and maintain the historic schreiber's bridge. it has been zoned for apartments for over 30 years.

Anonymous said...

Found memories at uncle Harry's Historical fishing Hole? With trout season almost here that once plentiful Hole looks like a no fish zone now?
I'm just guessing but myself and other angelers will be under the humpback bridge you are trying to save from this Transgretional Transformation Resurgences they speak so highly of, as another edited out weekend is upon us?

redd
patent pending

michael molovinsky said...

redd@10:57, yes, this blog defends both schreibers and reading road bridges.

Anonymous said...

I hear Schreiber's bridge will be replaced with a more sturdy structure in the next few years. Unfortunately, that is consistent with local zoning so will probably go unopposed.