Is Wilkes-Barre Going to Get Rid of Ice Chunks in Nesbitt Park?

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WILKES-BARRE -- A popular park in Wilkes-Barre is shut down all because giant ice chunks have claimed the park as their temporary home.

So, will the city get rid of them?

The ice chunks in Nesbitt Park have been around for two weeks now. City officials said they won’t be taking them away. They will let the ice chunks go back to where they came from and melt back into the Susquehanna River.

Even from the passenger seat riding along the Market Street Bridge in Wilkes-Barre, the ice chunks in Nesbitt Park are really something to look at.

“It's a beautiful sight to see! I like the ice chunks, but I don't like the cold weather,” John Ford of Nanticoke said.

“They're beautiful, right, but dangerous, too,” A man who only identified himself as Richard to Newswatch 16, said.

That danger is why the city closed the park for the time being.

Nesbitt Park takes up 2,900 feet of shoreline along the Susquehanna River and much of it is covered by giant slabs of ice left behind by last month’s ice jam.

“The park being shut down is a good idea because if it wasn't people would definitely try to walk across (the ice chunks),” Ford said.

The city has no plans to remove the ice chunks themselves. They are following what the Department of Environmental Protection said is the best plan. Just let the chunks melt and have Mother Nature take its course.

“If you've seen them, it's such a large area. We just don't have the time and we don't have the resources,” city administrator Ted Wampole said.

Some of ice chunks were higher than six feet and solid as a rock. It's going to be quite some time before they can melt.

“We're just hoping that the weather cooperates. It gets warm, it melts, and people will be able to enjoy to park again,” Wampole said.

Many who have seen the blocks of ice wonder what will be left once they disappear.

“It looks nice right now but once it melts it's not going to look too nice,” Ford said.

To make sure everyone stays safe, police patrol the area every couple of hours.


  • DO57

    First – popular park? In the winter? maybe with the gays. Second – Spring thaw will take care of the ice at no cost to the city or taxpayers. And Third – some people seem to enjoy taking pics with the ice so let it be.

  • Lloyd Schmucatelli

    Will they spend money on that? Probably!

    It fits the Wilkes-barre narrative to spend money on things that nature will take care of and not spend money on things that need immediate attention.

    Like the influx of diversity!! And the drugs in its wake!

  • Cowboy

    Don’t worry about the crime there but your representatives on getting rid of ice chunks.
    Crime will melt away.

  • Jay

    This article fails on so many levels. Carolyn, you reiterate multiple times that the ice is incredibly dangerous, yet there’s a Twitter photo of Carolyn standing out on the ice. And why in the world would the City of Wilkes-Barre do anything? see every year since the last ice age over 10,000 years ago we experience this thing called spring: the axis of the Earth increases its tilt relative to the sun, and the daily ambient temperature increases. It turns out that this does a fine job of melting snow and ice.

    How about some serious journalism…..still waiting to hear anything about the Dr’s wife that ran down an entire family in Mountain Top last summer.

  • Mister Glock To You

    No. The ice boulders provide ample cover for would-be shooters in WB. Why make it hard on them? We want them to look at WB like their home away from Philly.

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