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Remember: The Future of Our Parks: Video Post

Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Future of Our Parks: Video Post

7 Comments:

Blogger michael molovinsky said...

very nice, hope your expectations are met. this past year $3.5 million dollars were allocated for new projects, and not one dollar for the type maintenance and needed repairs you spotlight. fyi, john muir the third lived in allentown, was a skeet shooting champion.

February 4, 2010 at 4:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice video, too bad i had to listen to Dave for 4 mintutes

February 4, 2010 at 10:21 AM  
Anonymous Jos said...

Lovely video Andrew. If there are two words I could stress they would be "community support." We can certainly try to get governmental support for these programs, but the money is drying up thanks to ridiculous budgeting. It looks to me like basic community activism - like approaching businesses for funds and workers (lowes and home depot both offer bodies able to work on community projects) and doing independent fund raising - is going to have to be the standard for many parks in the near future. But that requires volunteers, and unfortunately so many of the volunteers involved in parks systems are beyond the able-bodied age. Youths need to understand the importance of parks. I could go on for hours...

February 4, 2010 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger Andrew Kleiner said...

Me too Jos. In Allentown, as it currently stands, it is near to impossible to do volunteer work without angering the local union due to layoffs by the city last year.

The youth absolutely needs to become involved which is why here in Allentown, the state of Jordan Park is such an issue outside of environmental concerns. It could really be a gateway to educating urban kids about nature like nothing else can in the city.

February 4, 2010 at 11:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great idea Jos, but much of the long needed work will require trained workers and equipment. Your kidding yourself if you thing kids, or any volunteers can take on the extensive work begging for attention, as Andrew has documented. Take looestrife removal, BIG JOB. Yesterday there was a gang of park workers below the Rose Garden with a large Bulldozer and other heavy trucks and equipment ripping up large,wide swaths of sod. Most likely ready to lay more asphalt "trails". Looks like the government is already hard at work on some programs Jos.

February 4, 2010 at 5:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andrew, one more thought, could you please post a picture of what is happening along Cedar Creek near the Rose Garden. I think it would be helpful if people could see exactly what asphalt trails looks like. Thanks.

February 4, 2010 at 5:51 PM  
Anonymous Jos said...

Anon- volunteers can certainly do some of the simple work, but I mean volunteers for fund raising to hire people to do the work as well. You need young people to get involved in raising money- if they know how much work it is to get the money to do these types of projects, and have personally invested themselves in it, they are more likely to be part of the solution and less likely to be part of the problem.

February 4, 2010 at 7:40 PM  

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