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Remember: Allentown Parks and Recreation Newsletter Notes

Monday, February 8, 2010

Allentown Parks and Recreation Newsletter Notes

Upcoming Public Meetings
- City Council Meeting February 17th 2009 – Trail Plan Presentation 6:00 PM in Council Chambers
- Keck Park Public Meeting February 25th 2009 – Mosser Family Village Center, Keck Park

Trail Initiative News
- Besides the upcoming City Council Meeting, Greenways has created a Facebook page to support the plan. You can find it here.

Canal Towpath
- Refilled without being cleaned out.

Cedar Beach Parkway
- Apparently the paths and stairs around the mirror ponds are complete.

- The asphalt paths will be “stamped and coated” to match the new walkways. You can read about that process here. I cannot provide information regarding the environmental impact of this particular procedure yet but with the current paving extending throughout Cedar Beach Parkway, it cannot be much worse. To combat the negative environmental affects of the new asphalt path, it is my hope that no mow zones and riparian buffers are extended to the edges of the path where it passes closest to Cedar Creek. I am anticipating the coming spring to see if such a plan is implemented. I hope to see it. I’ll be watching.

- The playground construction will begin around February 24th.

- The entirety of Phase One is scheduled to be completed by June 23th 2010.

Keck Park
- Environmental surveys (I would love to see those) have been completed and groundbreaking on park renovations is coming up in 2010.

Lehigh River East Side Trail
- A trail (mostly street) to connect Canal Park and Kimmet’s Lock has been drafted and sent out to bidding.

The Fish Hatchery
- Following the 2009 improvements, major projects are ahead for 2010 including: a new netting system, a new “environmental education” system and the creation of a new bridge to keep pedestrians off of Fish Hatchery Road.

My concern as we near the end of winter will once again be focused on Cedar Beach, Trout Creek Parkway, Jordan Park, and Canal Park. As plans progress, I will update as soon as I become aware of anything. Thanks for reading.

Also, a new local blog has sprung up that I think is definitely worth a read, Check them out:

Lehigh Valley Independent



Anonymous monkey momma said...

"To combat the negative environmental affects of the new asphalt path, it is my hope that no mow zones and riparian buffers are extended to the edges of the path where it passes closest to Cedar Creek."

I understand your point of view on this matter, but I actually shuddered when I thought of a no-mow zone being extended to the edge of a path. I know it makes environmental sense, but the reality, in my opinion, is that the no mow zone will be an eyesore at best and a dangerous place for criminals to lurk or druggies to throw their garbage at worst. Paranoid much? Yes, but with good reason.

In any event, I look forward to updates on this park, and all others parks in Allentown. I just wish the budget used for all these so-called "improvements" was instead repurposed for what this town needs most: POLICE.

February 8, 2010 at 9:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, I've heard a lot of crazy reasons to say no to a no-mow zone, but the thought of 'druggies' and 'criminals' hiding out in a riparian zone made me spit out my coffee!

February 8, 2010 at 11:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That stamped pattern asphalt is really just absolutely tasteless. What are the people in charge thinking?

February 9, 2010 at 2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am convinced that government planners and bureaucrats have a serious sensibility deficit: no informing aesthetic zones in their awareness. Mediocre responsiveness to the details and patterns of Perception, Thought, and Nature. What has been named the "CREATION"
has never entered their mundane consciousness. Have mercy on us.

February 9, 2010 at 4:05 PM  

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