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Remember: Tree Planting in the Parkway

Friday, October 16, 2009

Tree Planting in the Parkway

From WDIY:

Thanks so much for your support of WDIY during our Spring Membership Drive and for choosing to have trees planted through our
"Sustainability -- Keep WDIY Green" campaign.

Thanks to your generous support, 550 trees will be planted! You are invited to come out and join in to help make the Little Lehigh Parkway in Allentown a bit greener for generations to come. Click here for a detailed map. (Note: The original plan to plant the trees in Cedar Beach Parkway has been changed due to Allentown City Council disputes over Cedar Beach Park renovations.)

A sign with the names and dedications will be erected and dedicated at a future date TBD.

In partnership with Wildlands Conservancy, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, WDIY staff, volunteers and, hopefully, YOU, will be planting the trees on Saturday, October 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Plan to grab your shovel, come out and lend a hand. Please RSVP to Alison DelRe if you plan on attending, or 610-694-8100 extension 4.

Directions to the Tree planting site are: From I-78 travel south on Lehigh Street (toward Emmaus). Turn right onto Bevin Drive (immediately after passing the South Mall on your right). Turn left onto Country Club Road and then right onto Keystone Road. The project location is on the right immediately before you reach the open grate bridge.

For a list of tree donors Click here.


Blogger Katie Bee said...

So the protests prevented the trees from being planted? Were trees not what the protesters wanted instead of riparian buffers?

October 17, 2009 at 2:07 AM  
Blogger michael molovinsky said...

Katie bee, i realize that your question is directed to andrew, but here's my early morning answer. the playground is being built on the only open space on the east side of cedar park. on the west side, the go kart track will occupy the only open space.

the tree plantings and the riparian plantings are two separate projects. perhaps because of political considerations the administration has moved it's tree project, but it was not mentioned in any city council hearings or plan changes

October 17, 2009 at 6:44 AM  
Blogger michael molovinsky said...

actually, i may be too polite here. although there were and still are riparian buffer plans, there were no tree plantings ever included in the cedar park plans. furthermore, weitzel told me that he felt the tree plantings in the past were too indiscriminately placed, and would approve locations in the future.

andrew, it almost seems as if your implying that the "protesters" are responsible for some change that never was planned in the first place.

as an advocate for retaining open space in the park, i must say that planting 500 trees is horrendous. I know you think planting those 3 inch saplings last weekend was heavy work, you should try clearing land of trees, as the farmers did so that you can eat. as the park builders did 70 years ago, so that you can recreate now.

October 17, 2009 at 6:59 AM  
Blogger Andrew Kleiner said...


I copied and pasted that from WDIY without even noticing that line about disputes with city council. I have no idea why that line is included. To my knowledge, they didn't want to plant more trees in CBP because it would change the look of the park too much. Also, to my understanding, not all 500 trees are going in the Parkway and even if they do, not all 500 will survive.


First, everything in the post was written by WDIY as I have noted.
Second, you and I both want the parks to be properly maintained and cared for. I realize you don;t like riparian buffers, science or not and I know your focus is on preservation. You're not wrong about preservation and there are many things we do in fact agree on. It is my belief that once the buffers in CBP are in full swing (about five years) you will not be upset by their presence. Bottom line, you call yourself a "park advocate" and I believe I am as well. There is no need to keep making snide comments at me.

And for the record, when the WPA projects went on in the Parkway there weren't many trees down there as they had been cleared for possible railroad development years before. I have seen the pictures.

October 17, 2009 at 9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sadly, some people aren't "happy" unless they're unhappy or are making others as miserable as they are. Just sayin'.

October 17, 2009 at 10:29 AM  
Blogger michael molovinsky said...

sincere apology for what appears "snide". However, who ever wrote that piece that you put up purposefully make it sound as if a wonderful tree project was a victim of the park protesters, even katie took it that way. there was no factual basis to their writing, other than snidely demean those citizens entitled to oppose certain plans in THEIR park system.

October 17, 2009 at 10:33 AM  
Anonymous monkey momma said...

If it were me and I had 500+ trees available to plant, I would NOT choose an area that is already beautiful to plant them. Aren't there spaces throughout the city of Allentown and beyond that would benefit MORE from these trees?

WDIY claims these trees are to combat the alarming loss of trees in our cities and communities. I hardly think the parks have been the site of the alarming loss of trees. It does seem an odd choice of placement to me.

Also, on the WDIY website, and on the Allentown Good News blog, it says these trees are being planted near the creek's edge to "help with runoff, (and) improve the quality of the water..." Isn't that the same purpose as the riparian buffer?

October 17, 2009 at 11:22 AM  

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