14. Frankel Lambert Park
After crossing Shaw Street the generally unencumbered Green Line walk comes to an end as a wrought iron fence separates the sidewalk from a community housing parking lot. However, the dirt pathway worn in the grass leading to the fence is evidence it has not stopped much traffic, and the fence can be climbed over relatively easily if one is able-bodied, though cyclists and others are better off heading around the block to continue on.
Once again the Green Line is calm, with very few cars on Melita Crescent that separates Frankel Lambert Park and the town homes on the north side. Residents here have no front yards, as houses are very urban and built right to the sidewalk, but the park functions as a communal yard for everyone. The park has a playground and basketball court, and while not in the best of condition is most interesting because of odd concrete structures that seem like the ruins of a modern building. They are quite possibly the remains of a building that was taken down for the hydro lines as there is a cement wall (now covered in murals) running along part of the southern section of the park along the railway tracks, and a low foundation leading perpendicular from the wall at the east end.
Towards Christie Street, by Christie Gardens (a seniors housing and long-term care facility) and the Fred Dowling Co-op, there are allotment gardens cared for by the Friends of Frankel Lambert Park. A small plaque attached to a pole with a weathervane on top by the garden dedicates it to the memory of L. Terrell Gardner, "humanist, family man, mathematician, peace activist, choral singer, cyclist. Born 22 September 1926, Cleveland, Ohio; died 22 December 2010". If you look closely all across the city, little memorials, official or not, like this can be found.
South, across the tracks, another of Dupont's great industrial buildings rises high in the sky. It's mid-rise height is of note because there was a Model T test track on the roof when this building opened in 1915 as Ford showroom and car assembly factory. Today various offices and the Faema Café, where Green Line-goers can find some European civilization, are housed within.
by Shawn Micallef