Resident Josh Schmidt spoke before the Emmaus Borough Council at the May 21 meeting regarding the aging equipment and safety concerns at Lions Park.
Schmidt said he took his 3-year-old son to the park on Sunday night and had to leave due to missing equipment such as support beams, shards of glass and overall old equipment which was unsafe for his son to play on.
Borough Manager Shane Pepe said council is aware of the equipment issues at the park and the equipment in general “doesn’t meet modern codes.”
The annual May Day Festival was held at the Alburtis Area Community Center this year after festival organizers were informed by Lehigh County that Lock Ridge Park, the traditional site for the festival, was not safe because the building is in disrepair and is now condemned.
According to bystanders in attendance at the festival, including Francine Confer, who played the part of the jester in this year’s production and coordinated the performance as well as her husband Paul, who provided the music for the festival, a few years ago the park was listed as a historic site.
Emmaus Veterans Committee will honor departed comrades buried in each of the six cemeteries. The public is invited to a short prayer service, rifle salute and taps. The ceremonies begin 8 a.m. at Calvary Cemetery, then proceed to Old Moravian, Moravian at Ridge Street, Lutheran Reformed, Northwood and ending at Evangelical, Second and Ridge streets.
The veterans brick installation ceremony 1 p.m. at the Emmaus Remembrance Garden 164 E. Main St., on the grounds of the Knaus Homestead.
Former U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent has joined CNN as a political commentator.
His first appearance as a CNN political commentator was on Erin Burnett OutFront May 21.
Dent emailed The Press May 22 stating he is not a CNN employee but his arrangement with CNN is exclusive.
He also stated he will continue to reside in Allentown.