May 23, 2016
Wildlands Conservancy Tick Festival
There is a full blown tick festival growing along the creeks in the Allentown Park system. Under Pawlowski, the park director is in charge of recreation, while the Wildlands Conservancy dictates park policy. The riparian buffer zones have been expanded this season, and should be at least two feet tall within a week. With the Cedar Beach Swimming Pool out of commission, the children instead will be introduced to Lyme's Disease, if they attempt to cool off in the creek.
In South Whitehall, the parks are run by the Wildlands groupie Randy Cope. He plans on replacing the scenic Wehr's Dam with a riparian buffer, blocking both access and view of the creek. His claim to frame is showing outdoor movies, by the soon to be demolished dam. While the South Whitehall Commissioners grossly overstated the dam's repair costs to justify a referendum this coming November, the dam is no longer even mentioned on any of the township's printed or digital park pages; It is as if they already allowed the Wildlands Conservancy to destroy it. It's a good thing that the township residents are not concerned about local politics, because they are so poorly represented.
Shown above is the miniature stone bridge over the spring channel in Lehigh Parkway. I have cleared this WPA treasure from the overgrowth several times in recent years.