pan ·o ·ram ·a   /panɒˈramÉ’/   noun  –   an unbroken view of the whole region surrounding an observer

The City of Erie has many things to be proud of, not the least of which is the culmination of their two-year bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812. Of the many unique, special, and memorable aspects of Pennsylvania’s northern most metropolitan area, perhaps the most immediately obvious is their frontage on Lake Erie.

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Nestled in the historic west side neighborhood are some of the best views of the lake from Bayview Park and the adjacent Bayfront Promenade. This City park offers panoramic views of Lake Erie and more specifically Presque Isle State Park and a vast array of lake-effect weather systems. The surrounding neighbors and City residents take great pride in this space because of its inherent beauty. In other words, it’s hard not to feel good about a space which has the backdrop of the setting sun over a Great Lake. As the City finishes celebrating the 200th anniversary of this historic event, they should celebrate the planning decisions that created and maintain this public space on ground that could easily have been gentrified many times over the years. Instead, the City is giving their residents (and visitors like me) a direct connection to both recreation and the natural beauty of their own amenities.

Across the state, communities have their own unique amenities that should be celebrated. Is it the river, the mountains, the windmills, the mansions, the bridge, the airport, the resort, or simply just the town square? Whatever it is, are you taking advantage of it, are you celebrating it every day?