The park department purchased and installed fifteen pieces of outside exercise equipment in Jordan Park. Beyond being a novelty in a park with a swimming pool, basketball courts and baseball fields, it symbolizes what's wrong with the park department. Three things are for sure about this equipment; It is a fad from a catalog, it was expensive, and it won't last very long. Meanwhile, throughout the park system, things unique to Allentown that could last indefinitely, are being allowed to crumble.
Friends of the Allentown Parks is planning events to celebrate Bogert Bridge's 175th birthday. They will also conduct fund raising to paint and repair that neglected symbol of Allentown. The Pawlowski administration and it's park department haven't spend $1.75 on the bridge since his first term, in 2006. The broken WPA wall shown here is in Cedar Park, and has been broken for years. Although the administration is bragging about repairing the wall in Lehigh Parkway, it's only because it is a retaining wall, and must be repaired before the road can be reopened.
I understand that the decline of our traditional park system bothers me more than most. Furthermore, there may well be many residents, especially newer ones, who have no special affinity toward the traditional park features. However, although I may be the lone voice on this topic, I will continue advocating for these discarded structures; They are irreplaceable.