Editorial: The great outdoors

More than 400,000 people call North­east Phil­adelphia home, but it’s a safe bet that for many of them, their only ex­pos­ure to the area along the Delaware River is when they glance at it on the way to or from the Ta­cony-Palmyra Bridge.
That lim­ited ex­pos­ure should change in a few weeks when Lard­ner’s Point Park, a 4.5-acre jew­el of the out­doors between Rob­bins Av­en­ue and Levick Street, is form­ally ded­ic­ated for all to en­joy.
The trash and debris that once marred the area will be re­placed by a med­ley of amen­it­ies, in­clud­ing a walk­ing trail that will be part of a 3,000-mile path along the East Coast, a fish­ing pier, benches and pic­nic tables, sol­ar-powered lights, park­ing, and per­haps most im­port­ant, trees.
Much of the $1.5 mil­lion cost of the pro­ject came from state funds — in oth­er words, you the tax­pay­ers — so it would be­hoove able-bod­ied North­east den­iz­ens to at­tend the May 14 ded­ic­a­tion to check out the new and im­proved wa­ter­front.
With oth­er im­prove­ment pro­jects on the ho­ri­zon, the area soon will of­fer North­east res­id­ents great reas­ons to spend some of their leis­ure time in their com­munity in­stead of the easy chair.
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Speak­ing of treas­ures, Amer­ica be­came a bit poorer last week with the passing of the world’s old­est teen­ager, mu­sic le­gend Dick Clark.
Al­though watch­ing the New Year’s Eve fest­iv­it­ies on TV ar­gu­ably lost much of its luster when bandlead­er Guy Lom­bardo died in 1977, Mr. Clark be­came a be­loved tra­di­tion on ABC with his host­ing du­ties on New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.
This year, New Year’s Eve just won’t be the same. ••
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