Nov 27, 2017
Christmas Lights And Park Neglect
As people enter Lehigh Parkway to enjoy the annual Christmas Light Display, they drive past the top of the Double Stairwell, built by the WPA in 1935. It was designed as the signature structure in the park. While the top landing is degraded, the subsequent landings down the double stairs get much worse. One landing is in danger of collapsing, undermining the steps below it. I have been reporting the worsening conditions to the Park Department for three years. While nothing has been done to rehab this irreplaceable structure, the department laid cement pads for the disc golf course this past summer. They are now planning to build a skate park, but still no repairs are planned on the WPA icons of the Parkway and elsewhere.
The Trexler Trust is a significant contributor to the park budget. Furthermore, the park budget is approved every year by City Council. Both these groups fail to use their influence in regard to the park department's misplaced priorities. Never the less, I will continue through this blog to advocate for the WPA structures, and other traditional elements of our park system.