Jun 6, 2017
Trexler Park Pond Probably A Thing Of The Past
The pond at Trexler Park may be a thing of the past. Supposedly, the dam gate was breached over the weekend. I examined it in the last several months, and it appeared in good enough condition to me. Last year, when the second, lower pond next to it developed a sinkhole, it was never restored.
Understand that the Wildlands Conservancy doesn't like dams and ponds, and that the Conservancy dictates policy, for both Allentown and South Whitehall Park Systems. If anybody doubts that reality, just visit Cedar Park by the Rose Garden and try to find the creek. The Conservancy has a riparian buffer hiding the creek from both view and access. The weed wall buffer provides no ecological benefit, because the storm water system is piped directly into the creek, bypassing the buffers anyway. Never the less, this is the Wildlands' policy. In South Whitehall, the Conservancy has installed a son of one of their officers as Park Director. In Allentown, the Park Director does as she is told.
Those who appreciate the iconic park system gifted upon Allentown by both General Harry Trexler and the WPA, can only learn about the degradation of the park system here at this blog. The local paper, The Morning Call, has refused to publish my protests against the Wildlands Conservancy, and the consequences of their influence on our park systems.
Although, the Trexler Trust should insist that the dam gate be replaced (it's only a few pieces of lumber stacked in a rack) they probably also have a working relationship with the Wildlands Conservancy. Trexler Park was the private estate of Harry and Mary Trexler. The now empty pond was always the heart of the park.