Aylesworth Dam marks 50th anniversary

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JERMYN, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — 50 years ago this month, the army corps of engineers built Aylesworth Dam in Archbald.

It’s become a hidden gem in the community in the decades since. Even on an overcast day, the beauty of the area comes through.

“I remember when they built this dam. I grew up in East Jermyn, we used to come up here before this, it was just a creek going through here. And they built the dam (October 1970), and pretty much we went ice skating up here, and grew up here. My kids come swimming here and they go up the playground all the time,” Mike Schumaker of Jermyn said.

“It was flood control, and the Fish Commission put trout in there since I think, 1993,” Stephen Demora of Archbald said.

“It’s definitely beautiful here. A lot of people don’t know about it, that’s what makes it nice. It is not packed all the time. Oh it is really nice, there is trails up here. You can walk up the whole mountain from here. Like if you go up the back here, you can go up this entire mountain. It’s a beautiful place, beautiful valley,” Schumaker said.

Lackawanna County made Aylesworth Park part of the park system 15 years ago. The park is open dawn to dusk seven days a week..

View the virtual tour and the commemoration video.

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