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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Coudersport Arboretum rally planned Sunday


Local citizens calling themselves “Friends of the Coudersport Arboretum” are rallying the troops in an effort to save the park. They’ll be holding their inaugural event on Sunday, July 16, at 2 pm.

It’s billed as a community get-together titled Gala in the Garden. There will be live music as well as free hot dogs and lemonade.

Purpose of the gathering is to galvanize support for the arboretum as Coudersport Borough Council moves forward on a proposal to sell a portion of the park to allow the adjacent Sheetz convenience store to expand.

At its May meeting, Borough Council voted not to sell. However, with one member missing and another changing his vote, that action was reversed at Council’s June meeting.

Arboretum supporters are now asking Council members to reconsider when they convene for their next public meeting at 6:30 pm Wednesday, July 19, at the borough maintenance building on Damascus Street.

They cite petitions circulated last year that garnered hundreds of signatures urging Council to keep the arboretum where it is.

Coudersport Area Lions Club, the Chamber of Commerce, American Legion Post 192 and Sons of the American Legion, and the Arboretum Committee, as well as many volunteers, have worked together over the years to establish the park as an aesthetically pleasing venue that’s also a heritage area recalling the Coudersport & Port Allegany Railroad.

Among the historical elements are the C&PA Railroad Depot, now the Coudersport Borough Office; the restored C&PA caboose; and a Pullman rail car similar to those that carried passengers on the local railway.


12 comments :

Anonymous said...

This should not be sold, or moved, just because 1 person can gain financially, Sheetze is not going to move, they are established. Just because Little Hitler, wants more, don't allow it, also his wife should not be allowed to vote.

Anonymous said...

I would prefer that the Arboretum be kept where it is. Why should we sell out to a corporation that takes our money out of town in a Brinks Security Truck (armed) every day? Yes I see the other side, as there might be a couple of new jobs (low pay), but to me the scale is tipped way in favor of showing respect and appreciation for the people who worked so hard to create the Arboretum and let's not forget all of God's souls who are memorialized there. People who taught our children in school, served selflessly with the Rotary Club and Lions, served as volunteer firemen, fought for our freedom in war, or operated their businesses in our town. Will the Borough Council throw all of these people, deceased or still alive, under the bus so a big corporation can drive our beer distributors and restaurants out of business?

Anonymous said...

This is a polite and civil communication and I thank the people who are behind the Friends of the Arboretum for staying on the high road.

Anonymous said...

What's wrong with putting sheets where Greeley's Auto parts,bruzzie dry cleaners,and the old zito building is then move Greeley's to where sheets is now.then the arboretum can stay where it is. Or does some people stand to Make a lot of money by selling the arboretum? If that's the case it is wrong and I would not blame the people of this town to be very upset.

Anonymous said...

Coudersport is just a town of sellouts. Adelphia in the past, Sheetz now. Can't wait til the next dollar on a fish hook is dangled.
Wait, what am I saying? Blacktop is far more eye appealing than the arboretum.

Anonymous said...

I say sell. As a part of the deal, Sheetz funds the balance needed to restore the town pool and also funds 100% of a bigger and better arboretum. It's that or we'll have a vacant Sheetz building on the corner for many years (just like Port A) that will look like hell.

Anonymous said...

Same sad arguments, talk, talk, opposition led by a guy arrested by Sheetz for urinating on their counters, sell the damn thing, town is dead and Sheetz does a lot more than haul away in a Brinks truck, and pays better than every other merchant. Its not a sacred burial ground, focus the effort on a quality move. The Borough can use the money.

Anonymous said...

YOU FOOLS USE YOUR HEADS ......... Coudersport is failing as every small town, sell to Sheetz have it state in contract they will have the lowest gas price in Pa. for 50 years ........

Anonymous said...

move sheetz it is the most dangerous place to get in and out no parking etc it is all about money and greed by a person that will certainly gain if the this goes through also what will happen to our vet horor board it is a beautiful site for that also we need to get on board and do what we can to beautify and arboretum certainly does that and in a beautiful place

Anonymous said...

SHEETZ will not move and leave an empty building. It is too much of a money maker for them, if the /brinks truck is there everyday. I;m tired of EVERYTHING revolving around the almighty dollar!!!

Anonymous said...

When I have grandchildren and they want to know about the railroad days, I hope I can take them to this beautiful park in a sea of greed and corporate monotonous architecture and show them the old train station, passenger car and caboose along with an oasis of nature's beauty, a memorial to the people who served and sacrificed for our town and a memorial where their own ancestors' names are recalled with bricks and a military wall of honor. Does a setting like this have any value? Maybe not to those who were not born and raised here but have chosen to plunder our heritage if they get the chance, if we do not STAND UP AND SAY NO! Not everything should be for sale. If it is, what kind of a community are we? These arguments about the vast economic benefit of the Sheetz corporation selling beer and more greasy food are pretty hollow when you put them in perspective. STAND UP, PEOPLE!

Anonymous said...

We need someone to volunteer to spread their loved ones ashes over the land in question in front of witnesses.