There was a little bit of dust-up last week over the condition of the River Common park.
Luzerne County Councilman Harry Haas, according to Jen Learn-Andes’ story, said he is still receiving complaints about the appearance of the property.
It’s in nowhere near as good as shape as the lawn at the adjacent Luzerne County Courthouse.
Landscaping upgrades there have made the courthouse lawn “look like a golf course,” according to Lean-Andes’ story.
Residents have complained that the River Common, a park sandwiched between River Street and the Susquehanna River that runs from the courthouse to the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, isn’t nearly as nicely maintained, Haas said.
Those complaints have centered around patches of missing mulch and other maintenance concerns, Haas told his council colleagues.
“I’d like to see that be on par with the county courthouse grounds,” Haas said of the River Common.
Sure, it might be nice to have the park maintained to that quality, but we also believe that those are complaining about a few weeds here and there are missing the point.
The park offers a myriad of recreational opportunities for area residents.
Joggers, walkers and cyclists can combine the River Common with the rest of the levee system to have miles of routes to use without ever having to cross a street.
Just last Wednesday, the Gaslight Theater Company presented a production of Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” in the Northampton Street amphitheater, and the same area is used for a weekly free yoga class each Saturday throughout the summer.
The park has also hosted Riverfest events and food truck festivals.
It’s a great place just to spend a day in the sun and watch the river go by.
A little unevenly mowed grass wouldn’t lessen the enjoyment of any of these activities, unless a person is just looking for a reason to complain.
And, to be quite honest, we think a perfectly manicured lawn would look just a little out of place next to the Susquehanna’s natural beauty.
We do expect the county to repair the damage done by the winter’s ice jam.
But other than that, how about everyone stop complaining about a few weeds and just enjoy what truly is a gem of downtown Wilkes-Barre.
– Times Leader