Feb 3, 2010

Tasteless Trexler Trust


As I stood in Cedar Creek Park yesterday watching the carnage, it occurred to me that it really isn't Greg Weitzel's fault. He was hired as Park Director, with a background in recreation. He was handed an elaborate manual, designed by a Philadelphia firm, which outlined many possible renovations for a park system. It is not his fault that the Trexler Trust agreed to finance every item this young man picked from the catalog, and in one year no less.

I can't even blame Pawlowski. He is a professional advocate for low income housing, who was sweep into the mayorship by his predecessor's incompetence. May I add that he is very accomplished in the low income housing field. Between the brand new Hanover Acres, and many other projects, we may well lead the nation in newest low income housing available. I see a job at HUD in that man's future.

The hard packed cinder trail, which served a generation of runners, walkers, and lovers is being bulldozed away to make a full width, macadam road for two way high speed bike use. The charm and nature is gone. The roadbed is now completed from the Rose Garden to 30th Street, just awaiting the blacktop. Within three weeks(weather permitting) the entire road in the park should be completed. We should give this new street a name.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bureaucrat Boulevard

michael molovinsky said...

"We should give this new street a name" was meant as a statement on the width and construction of the former path, not a naming contest. i will not accept future comments on just suggested names. feel free to comment on your opinion about turning a narrow cinder path into a wide asphalt single lane road.

Anonymous said...

I completely misunderstood the satire and thought the street-naming contest was on!

My sincere apologies.

My submitted entry best exemplifies how I feel about charm and nature being replaced with asphalt in the Parks.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand how you can put a paved surface in a floodplain. The DEP could shut this down in a second if this was reported.

gary ledebur said...

a trail for lovers or a high speed bike road--a tough decision but the wisdom of our elected officials prevails--voting counts!

Anonymous said...

All of the Cedar Creek Parkway construction was subject to the permitting process at DEP. Paving in a flood plain is preferable to loose-particle surfaces due to sedimentation.

michael molovinsky said...

anon 7:13, i believe the DEP was very lenient with the city. the plans to built additional paths, within the existing ones, between the creek and honochick are also in a flood plain. not one aspect of the plans were rejected by the DEP.

Andrew Kleiner said...

This was not a good decision by anyone involved.

Anonymous said...

Lehigh Parkway bike path, soon to be blacktopped, was covered in water in the last storm a few days ago as captured in a Morning Call photo. It will definitely flood in future heavy storms.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

All of the Cedar Creek Parkway construction was subject to the permitting process at DEP. Paving in a flood plain is preferable to loose-particle surfaces due to sedimentation.

February 3, 2010 7:13 PM

The new construction will flood and the blacktop at its edges eventually will crumble and fall into the Creek.

Anonymous said...

Hooray for the Bulldozers!

Grass can always grow somewhere else.

Anonymous said...

I think Malcom Gross, Jr. should be required to place a sign in his front yard (not far from the Rose Gardens) saying, "I was the one responsible for paving the grass areas around the Rose Garden and in Trexler/ Cedar Park". That would be very complementary and showing symmetry with the other sign that stands in front of the Rose Garden: "The Malcolm Gross Memorial Rose Garden of the City of Allentown".

There is no explaining poor taste.

Anon.

Anon