Aug 25, 2017
Allentown's New Dog Park
I'm in at least one Allentown park every day. Recently, I visited a dog park in another community a couple of times. I can tell you that Allentown has an existing dog community in most of its parks. Owners and their dogs visit each other every day in Lehigh Parkway, Cedar Park, Trexler Park and other spots in Allentown.
There would be nothing wrong with establishing a separate dog park near Dixon Street, if the existing parks were maintained, but that's not the case. Every existing park has issues of neglect and deferred maintenance.
We have a mayor desparate to cut another ribbon, hoping it will garner him a few more votes come November. We have a park director who is apparently more interested in adding new bullet points to her resumé, than preserving our iconic park system.
Despite the reservations expressed here, the new dog park is under construction. If you visit with your four legged friend, remember that the double stairway at Lehigh Parkway is falling apart, along with most of the other park structures which once made our city famous.
picture postcard, circa 1950, of Allentown's iconic Lehigh Parkway, with the WPA Double Stairway