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Remember: A story: The Parkway to Trexler Park

Thursday, March 25, 2010

A story: The Parkway to Trexler Park

Yesterday, I went to document a situation that has developed near the pedestrian bridge in the Parkway.  Truthfully, I have no idea what the intent of this project was nor do I know who is responsible for it.  I do know that it looks terrible, will dramatically increase erosion and will eventually kill the trees buried under the loose concrete fill.

Walking back to the car, I genuinely felt dejected.  The parks in the city of Allentown mean a great deal to me and have without question, been one of the most inspiring things I have encountered in my 26 years of life.

As of late, I have felt enlivened by the possibility of spearheading volunteer projects that I see as the beginning of a real albeit slow change in our parks.  Yesterday, that spirit fell slightly sullen on the sickeningly eroded banks of the Little Lehigh Creek.

I wanted to go to Jordan Park to take some new photography for a Save the Parks: Jordan Park post I have been intent on doing but I honestly couldn’t stomach it.  I told Chris, who was driving, to skip Jordan Park and go to the lot of the Home Depot in Whitehall.

I wanted to see the creek here because a long time ago, around the time I was in eighth grade, I used to bowl at Jordan Lanes.  After my youth league ended I would walk down to the “waterfall” and take pictures using my parent’s camera. 

The pictures I took as a child are affixed to a poster board in my bedroom that my mother assembled back then so that the shots could be preserved.  I look at the pictures everyday.  The park here, maintained by the municipality of Whitehall was horrid.  Litter was present in a greater display of diversity than plant life was.  It was simply disgusting.

Man, was I bummed. 

Later yesterday evening, I stopped in the lot of Trexler Park.  Chris had gotten for himself a brand new fancy pants $600 dollar camera and he wanted to experiment with night photography.  

What a feeling it is to stare into the infinite without the ability to comprehend it being of a finite mind.  I stood and stared at the sky  as every human as done for thousands of years.  These stares into the night sky have elicited countless reactions from  humans across the ages.  Some created gods, others mystical beings that are outlined by the orbs of light we recognize as stars.  Some people looked to see nothing.  Some people looked to see exactly what they wanted to when they turned their heads to an eyeful of eternity.

Beyond the light pollution, we can ruin nothing.  There are no islands sinking into the sea of space on account of the poor decisions of an arrogant species.  There are no eroded creek banks.  The entropy developing as the galaxies unfurl themselves across the fabric of universe is more civilized than we are. 

The consideration of the night sky, of the universe, leaves the true observer in humbled silence.

It reaffirms the wealth of spirit that is required for an inspiration and in turn it reminded me of the value of one plant that wasn’t planted before I came along. 

Last night, at Trexler Park, the truest meaning of a city park came to fruition through me and now, I tell you about it.  I found my needed refuge.  I found my missing inspiration.  It’s why I want to save them.  It’s why I want you to save them to.



For Chris

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10 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andrew,
Thank you for investigating that
gravel and stone destruction of a row of trees on Academy Road leading to the police shooting range. As you sadly can see, the writer was telling the truth. Now, what can we do about it?
How can we get the city to restore
the earth to allow these trees to live?
Please consider posting photos of this site so your readers can see what you saw last night.
After your excellent documentary-based photographs showcasing the
continued destruction of the Little Lehigh in the Parkway, how Weitzel show his face in town is
beyond us.

March 25, 2010 at 7:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andrew,
Can't the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources be contacted and an inspector be requested to visit
the Parkway? Perhaps what the city is doing there to those trees, the water's edge and
other park issues is illegal?

March 25, 2010 at 7:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andrew,
If you get a chance, read Bernie O'Hare's blog regarding the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Trail Continues to Grow. Check out the photos too. Does the Little Lehigh look anything like these images?

March 25, 2010 at 8:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andrew,
Why didn't the city apply for a $100K Stimulus Grant to cover the costs of a visiting Certified Arborist rather than bike racks?

March 25, 2010 at 9:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:22 Anon

Because people who support bike racks make heftier campaign contributions to the right people?

What the hell ever happened to the old phrase "Question authority"?

March 25, 2010 at 9:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You do a really great service to the community Mr. Kliener. Really great! May you always have the courage,wisdom and vision to continue on. SAVE ALLENTOWNS PARKS

March 25, 2010 at 12:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those trees buried by the Police Acadamey road are not the only trees recently buried in the park. Check out the north side path just upstream from the Robinhood parking lot. It will take several years, but those trees will die. Without their roots, what will hold these paths and roads from sliding? Does saying this make me a naysayer? Does the fact I beleive in fixing the current problems before any new projects are started make me a naysayer?

March 25, 2010 at 12:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andrew I am very proud of you. I know how hard it is to keep going when so many things seem wrong. You need to stay the course and show all of us how we can make changes

March 25, 2010 at 2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep up the great work, young man.

March 26, 2010 at 1:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michael Molovinsky is a God

March 26, 2010 at 1:30 PM  

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