Jul 5, 2017
Allentown's Treasures Deteriorate
The Allentown Park Department just completed installing 18 concrete pads throughout Lehigh Parkway for the Disc Golf Course. While the starting pads were unnecessary and unsightly, not one $dollar or ounce of cement was applied to the deteriorating WPA structures. Shown above is the top of the double stairway in Lehigh Parkway. While the top landing seen in the photo is in poor condition, the stair landings below are completely crumbling. Water is seeping down through the flagstone landings and undermining the steps themselves.
Unfortunately, it is clear that the current park director has no appreciation for these irreplaceable structures. Her background is completely in recreation, hence the new frisbee launch pads.
One would think that after the adjoining wall collapsed from neglect, the administration would have realized that some preventative maintenance was long overdue.
These structures were designed in 1928 by a nationally recognized landscape architect hired by Harry Trexler himself. Although, the Great Depression delayed construction, they were then built by the WPA in 1935. They are part of Trexler's legacy, and their neglect is becoming inexcusable.