Sunday, January 8, 2023

Andy's Angles: Sweeney's Beach


The Lackawanna River has turned in to a tremendous resource for our area.  It's clean.  Everybody loves the trail, in spite of its gaps

But, and you knew a "but" was coming...

The river will never realize its full potential until there are spaces that offer easy access and plenty of parking.  Sweeney's Beach here off Poplar St. in Scranton seems to be the "go to" location.  Yes, there is some room and relatively easy access.  Unfortunately, there isn't much room to park.  It's difficult to find, and it's smack in the middle of an industrial area.  The river is pretty.  The surroundings are not.

The Susquehanna River has turned in to a success story because off all the improvements in and close to Wilkes-Barre.  Clearly, the Lackawanna isn't as large, and it can't match that scale.  Can't we find a nice area to establish a park, with easy ways in and out, and plenty of room to park?  It would also help if the access road doesn't look like you're on your way to a homicide scene.

I know you have to play the cards you're dealt.  The Lackawanna flows through a lot of residential and industrial areas.  You can't wave a magic wand and get everything you want.  I know a park near Steamtown is under consideration.  It would be nice to see at least one new park along the Lackawanna.