Serenity Glass Park – Port Allegany, Pennsylvania

Serenity Glass Park – Port Allegany, Pennsylvania

While I was riding along Route 6 in Pennsylvania, I passed through Port Allegany. Right in the middle of town sits a small but eye-catching park featuring colorful glass block structures. I couldn’t resist stopping to get a look at what the story was. It was called Serenity Glass Park.

Though the park is small and appears to still be under construction, you could tell it was big on meaning. Port Allegany’s economy has apparently been largely dependant on glass manufacturing. In 2016, Pittsburgh Corning, a manufacturer of glass blocks and long-time local employer, shuttered its doors.

When I pass through small towns like Port Allegheny, there is a sense of community and a unique flavor that I don’t experience on my island of nearly 8 million people. Here, we seem to go out of our way to avoid contact with each other rather than find ways to come together and celebrate what binds us. We are faceless, nameless, anonymous ants scurrying about. Everything is a franchise. Perhaps that’s why I love passing through small town America. It’s like an expedition to find normalcy.

Sometimes I just want to hug these little towns and keep them close so that they live forever.




6 Replies to “Serenity Glass Park – Port Allegany, Pennsylvania”

  1. So pretty. I feel the same way about small towns. Love their sense of community. On the flip-side, I hear people gripe in them about no privacy and everyone being nosy, especially about anything deviant. I guess there’re very few places with the perfect balance. Thanks for putting this place on my radar — you’re a terrific scout!

  2. What a wonderful little place – and I certainly agree about small towns! I’ve often said every town in Iowa (and there are hundreds of small ones!) has something to recommend it, even if it’s just an interesting bygone history… historical marker… cool old building… or visitor attraction. Great little find here! Those vertical panels are amazing!

  3. What a cool find! I love the uniqueness of small towns. In our travels over the last couple of years we have found the suburbs, with their chain businesses, have melded into Anywhere, USA. I hope people like us can keep the small towns alive.

  4. I have gone thru Port Allegheny for years on way home to Bradford and always passed PC and was surprised to see it gone, but what a unique way to keep it alive, so beautiful and serene and a great tribute. Worth the time to stop!

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