On Wednesday another downtown Kent icon got retired out to pasture — the old Kline and Kavali trialer that sat at the corner of Erie Street and Depeyster was hoisted up by a crane and carted out to Fred Fuller Park for use by Kent Parks and Recreation.
You may recall that the trailer’s cousin, the old red diner, got picked up by a rehab specialist out of Cleveland a couple of years ago and it’s been undergoing a refurbishment of sorts — although I understand there wasn’t much they could save off of it.
The local historians have told me that the trailer used to serve food as well before it became the plumbing headquarters for Kline and Kavali. I don’t think it had a kitchen in it, so I believe they cooked the food down the street in the red diner and then served it at the trailer — but don’t quote me on that– that’s just what I’ve pieced together from anecdotal stories.
Ron Burbick purchased the Kline and Kavali property to build Acorn Alley Phase II which meant the trailer had to either find a new home or face a future in the scrap yard. Fortunately, Parks and Recreation has been looking for something to use in their parks as a mini-office and this turns out to be perfect. I’m not sure how quickly Parks and Rec will get operational but it’s nice to know that an old friend of downtown Kent will have a second chance.