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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • D&H Canal Park at Lock 31 plans announced

  • PALMYRA TWP. (Wayne) - The second annual Canal Park Festival is set for August 23 at the Lock 31 D & H Canal Park, located on Route 6 a mile west of Hawley. The Wayne County Historical Society has also planned a yard sale benefitting the park on May 24. In addition, active plans are being made to build a full scale ...
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  • PALMYRA TWP. (Wayne) - The second annual Canal Park Festival is set for August 23 at the Lock 31 D & H Canal Park, located on Route 6 a mile west of Hawley. The Wayne County Historical Society has also planned a yard sale benefitting the park on May 24.
         In addition, active plans are being made to build a full scale canal boat fascimile next year, which will be used as a pavilion.
        Tom Colbert, Committee Chairman and Society Trustee recently announced an update for the park.
    ••• Walkers and anglers
         The park continued to have visitors through most of the winter who walked, snow shoed or cross country skied when enough snow. Winter birding was excellent with many types of ducks and bald eagles. Due to the extreme low temperatures, the Lackawaxen River froze over for most of the length of the towpath and huge pieces of ice were stacked up in places. Now with the warmer weather, walkers and fishermen use the park daily.
         Restoration architect, John Bowie is preparing the drawings and specification necessary to bid the final phase of its exterior restoration of the Daniels Farmhouse, which includes the lock side porch making the building handicapped accessible, and replacing five windows and two doors. Grant funding for this work is almost complete. Donations are always welcome.
         The park’s second trail, the Riverside Trail with loop along the Lackawaxen River from the Towpath Trail, will hopefully be developed as a local boy scout’s Eagle project with an official opening during this year’s canal festival.
    ••• Trail access improvements
     
        Woodland Design Associates have prepared preliminary drawings for trail access improvements which include re-grading the dirt/stone bridge just north of lock 31; construct a wooden bridge over the sluiceway after the fill is removed; dirt ramp into the canal bed, and a canal “boat” pavilion.
         The latter would look like a full size canal boat in the canal from the park’s entrance and parking lot, but would actually be an open pavilion with one end providing secure storage for grounds maintenance equipment.
         Various grant applications have been submitted. If awarded, construction would not begin until 2015. In the meantime, the committee is looking for carpenters and accurate D & H canal boat plans. If you are willing to donate your time, please e-mail Sally Talaga at sltalaga@gmail.com.
     
    ••• 2014 Calendar of Events:
    • April 19th, Annual Tree Harvest was successful and volunteers were able to take fire wood home.
    Page 2 of 2 -  • May 3rd, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m, Annual Spring Clean-Up – There is litter along Rt. 6, branches to pick up on the towpath, brush to cut with loppers and weed whackers, crushed stones to spread, a small bed of ground cover in the front of the house needs weeding and more. Weather permitting, there will be another controlled burn. The work party will conclude with a pot luck lunch with barbecued meat provided. New volunteers are always welcome but please sign in at the orientation kiosk.
     • May 24th, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Annual Canal Park Yard Sale – This is a fund raiser for the park at the park. You can help support the park by bringing your lightly used “stuff” no longer wanted (please no clothing or furniture too heavy for two ladies to move), to the lock house on 4/19 & 5/3 from 10 a.m. to noon and 5/21, 5/22, 5/23 from 4 to 5 p.m.
    • August 23rd, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 2nd Annual Canal Festival – "Even though last year’s will be hard to improve on, the committee is working on doing just that," Colbert said. There will be live music, demonstrations (blacksmithing, quilting, spinning, weaving and more) carriage rides on the towpath, commercial vendors and non-profit information tents, children’s activities including a petting zoo, canal store with authors signing their books, and of course delicious food.
        The Stourbridge Lion “cub” - a small, working replica of the first commercial locomotive in America -will be running.
       "So bring a blanket or lawn chair and spend the day," Colbert said. If you are interested in volunteering that day and/or be a festival sponsor, e-mail Sally at sltalaga@gmail.com.
       • October 18th – Annual Thank You Party for the Friends of the Canal Park. A “friend” is someone and their guest who has donated time, materials, and/or cash to the park. It’s an evening to look back at the committee’s accomplishments, thank those who have helped, and enjoy a candle lit pot luck meal and entertainment.
         For more information about the Wayne County Historical Society’s Lock 31 D & H Canal Park go to www.wchs-lock31.org and www.WayneHistoryPA.org.
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