May 26, 2010
A Modest Proposal
Currently, young people park at Robin Hood and begin playing disc golf at hole #1. In front of the first tee, appears to be a small swamp like pond.
What they're actually standing next to was one of the first features of Lehigh Parkway. In 1928 General Trexler and the city fathers starting acquiring different parcels in the Little Lehigh ravine. Disc Golf Hole #1 is over one of the important feeder springs of our water source.
In addition to now being used as a recreation feature, it is also a no mow zone for ecology. With a little modification, there is no reason why it cannot also be the beautiful, historic, architectural feature enjoyed by generations of Allentonians. There currently is one inch of sod covering the stones lining the spring pond. It easily pulls right off the top of the stones. I propose that the stones be exposed around the pond and on the short channel to the magnificent miniature bridge.
The grass on the stream side of the pond could be weedwacked one foot beyond the stones, helping to preserve the stonework. On the north side of the pond, the grass could be weedwacked two feet wide, allowing access to the bridge. Since the no mow zone is already interrupted by the pond and channel, this would involve only a total of three foot of weedwacking, and only a short distance into the zone, and only to one end of the bridge. Although a few lining stones are missing from the pond, I do not propose any renovation, it is not necessary.
We have lost two WPA structures in the park; The bridge to the Island and the Boat Landing, let us not lose a third. With Park Department approval, this minor work could be done either by the city or volunteers. A modest proposal.