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Remember: Allentown Park Log 9: Trexler Park 2 and Beyond

Monday, July 6, 2009

Allentown Park Log 9: Trexler Park 2 and Beyond

(I discovered that I seem to have skipped park log number nine and moved right to ten. So, this latest park log is labeled nine even though it is the newest one.)

Like all of our big city parks, there is so much area to cover that oftentimes even daily walkers miss many of the places that exist inside them. This log is about the backside of Trexler Park which I did not visit or cover for my park log or subsequent posts.

Behind the statue of General Trexler is a large grassy expanse with the familiar paved walkways cutting through it:

During my visit I was able to see many different birds and try as might they were all rather camera shy, especially the oriole. This is an interesting part of Trexler Park that looks and feels different than the main expanse below the statue. Tilghman and Cedar Crest are visible here and the traffic hums loudly; but the urban distractions serve only to highlight the natural respite offered here.

Further down, the paths lead into a wooded area. There are some excellent south mountainesque views of a developing (fragmented) forest here.


There is a little trail that will take you to an exposed boulder and offer a great overhead view of the area.


At the bottom the path splits. Turning to the left will take you back to the main part of Trexler Park. To the right, over a Trexler Memorial Bridge, a path will take you to another city park, the Allentown Municipl Golf Course.

I ended my journey at Trexler Park hitting a few golf balls at the driving range over there.

I am not the best golfer in the world but I had a good time hitting some balls. It sure felt strange to be standing in a city park and using a driving range. Goes to show how varied and unique each one of our parks is.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Michael Drabenstott said...

I always nod to the General Trexler statue on my morning runs through the park. We all owe him tons of gratitude for his many contributions to the city.

July 6, 2009 at 12:29 PM  
Blogger Andrew Kleiner said...

Micheal:

You're right. I am glad he is there.

July 6, 2009 at 12:32 PM  

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