John Mikowychok, the new park director, suggested that after the dam is demolished an interpretative sign could be placed there, with a photograph of the former dam. John, like his predecessor Greg Weitzel, likes interpretative signs. John and Greg have the same background, they both have graduate degrees in recreation from Penn State. Both were hired by our city manager from Philadelphia, and neither have a special feeling for the Allentown park system. Although there will be no measurable improvement to water quality, Lehigh Parkway will be depreciated in both beauty and ambience. While picture postcards used to show the beauty of the parks, now interpretative signs will show what we neglected and demolished.
photocredit:molovinsky reprinted from September 2, 2013
ADDENDUM: Since I wrote the above post almost three years ago, we have yet another new park director, with the exact same background. The dam was demolished, the WPA wall collapsed, and has just been rebuilt. The sewage still overflows from the manhole covers along the creek, but all the parks have new entrance signs.