It seems to me that the council chambers at City Hall isn’t the only thing that’s been let go too long.
In the T.J Dolan “old grove,” one used to be able to cross the footbridge and walk along the north side of the river easily all the way to O’Loane Avenue.
These days, as that path by the Avon proceeds, it’s an obstacle course of fallen tree trunks. One has to squeeze under, climb over, or go around them through mud.
When Ed Martin was director at the Parks Board that path was not only kept clear but layered with wood chips.
It’s a beautiful walk for families and pets but now looks like nothing’s been done since he retired.
It would only take two people with chainsaws a couple of days’ work to remedy this problem. Budget cuts shouldn’t be the reason considering the amount of taxes that the Jennan subdivision pays. I imagine those residents and others have to avoid this stretch of river pathway.
Symptomatic of the neglect is the metal frame of a bench where the path intersects with one going uphill behind the Jennan houses. For a year I thought this bench was being re-planked but not so – it’s been useless all summer, implying that if you’d like to rest you have to sit on the ground.
And yes, I dropped off a map and letter at the Parks Board months before writing this.