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Central Park- Johnstown, Pennsylvania by Sarah Devine

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Sarah Devine Sarah Devine
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0.17 Gigapixels
Date added
Mar 16, 2010
Date taken
Mar 16, 2010

Johnstown Pennsylvania seems to be known for a few key things: floods, the inclined plane, and the filming of the movie Slap Shot. Yes, Johnstown did suffer three major floods and the inclined plane is the steepest vehicular incline in the world. Slap Shot was filmed here and was based on the now ex- Johnstown Hockey team the Chiefs (they played their last game as the Johnstown Chiefs on April 3rd, 2010).

Like many cities these major past events are the topic of conversation, but there are many things about Johnstown that are learned from growing up there, like me.

Johnstown seems to be a dying town economically. Houses that once were beautiful are broken down and abandoned, jobs with decent pay are hard to come by, and most of the young people are leaving after high school. Now, most of the shopping that goes on in Johnstown is concentrated in one plaza in the suburb Richland, with a Wal-Mart Super Center at the heart of it. Many of the little shops and stores have long been closed down.

Downtown Johnstown used to be the heart of the city with shopping centers, small specialty shops, and multiple movie theatres. Now, it would seem as though just a few businesses hang on. Central Park sits in the middle of downtown, and by learning about the things inside Central Park, one can learn much about Johnstown.

Joseph Johns founded Johnstown in 1800. The land was not officially declared a city until after the flood in 1889. Because of the bond that came with recovering from the massive flood, the boroughs banded together to form the city of Johnstown. Joseph Johns laid out Central Park as a gift to the residents of Johnstown for believing in his dream.
A statue dedicated to Johns sits in Central Park overlooking Main Street. The statue was erected in Central Park in 1937.

There is also a fountain that sits in the middle of Central Park. This fountain was donated by the Pasquerilla family, an affluent family in Johsntown.

Next to Gazebo Park sits the massive Central Park Gazebo that is used for summer concerts and other outside events that may take place.

There are also numerous monuments and statues dedicated to war veterans and flood victims throughout the park.

On locust street facing Central Park is the Tribune Democrat. The Tribune Democrat has been reporting the news in Johnstown since 1853. In front of the Tribune Democrat office sits the statue known as the Working Man. The Working Man is a bronze statue of a man reading the newspaper.

On a daily basis, local residents and employees of surrounding businesses use Central Park as a scenic place to enjoy a break or to have lunch. But during events that have become tradition in Johnstown- it becomes seen and visited by visitors from all over the country.

Thunder in the Valley rolls through Johnstown every summer- and downtown becomes the place to be. Thunder in the Valley is one of the county’s biggest motorcycle rallies. Many events take place, street vendors sell food and merchandise, and bands play throughout the exciting weekend in Johnstown.

Residents and advocates of Johnstown are continually trying to launch projects and programs to help Johnstown become more appealing to younger people and travelers.

For more information about all of the things to do in the “Friendly City” visit www.visitjohnstownpa.com Will open in a new tab or window

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