As an advocate for the traditional park system, I find commercial companies leasing Cedar Park a complete exploitation of the park. On Saturday, the park lent itself to the second for profit company this year, The Color Run. (The first was Slide The City) These companies donate a small portion of the proceeds to a local cause, creating the misconception of community benefit, while the traveling shows are actually for their own profit. Slide The City was really ironic, considering that Cedar Beach Pool was closed because of neglect. After a long season of one scheduled event after another, one would think that the Rose Garden neighborhood deserved a respite, but not in this administration's commercial mind. I cannot tell you exactly from where the music was being broadcast early Saturday morning, but you could hear it from Cedar Crest Blvd. to 17th Street. These commercial add on events may be fine for a park system with no scheduled recreation, but that's not the case in Allentown, especially Cedar Park.
I don't write much about Pawlowski's trouble with the FBI, that's above my paygrade, but I can tell you I consider him a park criminal. His main crime against the parks is the neglect of the WPA structures, resulting in the collapse of the Lehigh Parkway wall. Allowing the Wildlands Conservancy to demolish the Robin Hood Dam, to garner a grant, was another crime. While the park system infrastructure crumbles, Pawlowski brags about people paying to be sprayed with colored powders.