Although Greg Weitzel is leaving in 7 days, before he leaves, he is attempting to bully a compliant City Council into destroying our swimming pool system. Rather than simply build some ramps and railings to comply with new ADA regulations, like pools all over the country, Weitzel's plan is to close 2 pools, and turn the other ones into water parks. Although CedarBeach Pool has served the city for 60 years, he wants to move it up the hill and add water park features. He wants to close Irving Pool, the only one on the east side, and turn the spot into a spray park. He wants to close Fountain Pool, which serves the inter city children, whose mothers don't have vans to drive them to CedarBeach. He spent $80,000 on a consultant from Indianapolis for these recommendations, which could have paid for the handicapped ramps at several of the pools. Let me be blunt. Before coming to Allentown, Weitzel built a destination playground in Lewisburg. He established a relationship with the manufactures of playground and water park equipment. Much of his accomplishments in Allentown were purchased from their catalogs. Allentown should wish him well, and have him take those catalogs with him.
above reprinted from May of 2012
old postcard: Fountain Park Pool
ADDENDUM FEBRUARY 10, 2023: I spent over a decade defending the traditional park system and routinely attending city council meetings during the Pawlowski regime. Despite my efforts, we lost both the Fountain Park and Irving Street pools. The city is now hoping for a grant to replace the former Irving Park pool.
I no longer attend council meetings. Allentown has a new park Director, but I no longer knock on the doors of department heads. However, I will continue pecking away on this typewriter, and continue not hesitating to call out those who despoil our history.
Irving Pool is now fully funded as we (Allentown City Council) have used our ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funds to restore this badly needed pool for our East side residents.ReplyDelete
There will be a final vote taken at our February 15th Council Mtg. after which all construction contracts will be signed and The re-building begins.
Daryl Hendricks (Allentown City "Council President)
Councilman Hendricks, thank you for the update, and your continued interest in the traditional park system.Delete