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Department of Parks & Recreation

Mission Statement

To enhance the quality of life in our city by providing and maintaining quality parks, trails and green space and by offering enriching recreational activities and facilities for people of all ages and abilities

  • Hammel Named Firefighter of the Year
    Hammel Named Firefighter of the Year

    Allentown firefighter Jonathon Hammel is being honored as the 2020 Allentown Fire Fighter of the Year. He was recognized this morning at the Allentown Fire Department’s annual memorial and awards ser...

  • Golf Course Superintendent Honored
    Golf Course Superintendent Honored

    Allentown Municipal Golf Course Superintendent Chris Reverie has been named a Grassroots Ambassador Leadership Award winner from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).Accordin...

  • False Arrest Lawsuit Dismissed
    False Arrest Lawsuit Dismissed

    A 17-count civil rights lawsuit filed against the city of Allentown, the Allentown Police Department and four police officers has been dismissed on summary judgement by U.S. District Judge Joseph F. L...

  • DCED Garners Awards
    DCED Garners Awards

    Representatives of the Allentown Department of Community & Economic Development and the city Health Bureau may have lost out on a trip to the governor’s mansion, but they now have the hardware fro...

  • Firehouse Fridays Resume
    Firehouse Fridays Resume

    Children age 18 and under can pick-up a free meal at the Hibernia Fire Station every Friday from 3:00pm to 4:00pm beginning October 2. The program, which began in March 2019, is a partnership of the A...

  • APD Joins National ABLE Project
    APD Joins National ABLE Project

    The Allentown Police Department has been accepted into the Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement (ABLE) Project, Georgetown University Law Center’s national training and support initiative for U.S....

  • Feds Award City $5.7 Million
    Feds Award City $5.7 Million

    The City of Allentown is being awarded $5.7 million from the federal government to reduce lead paint hazards in city homes. Five million dollars comes from the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Deve...

  • Halloween Parade Cancelled; Trick or Treat on October 30
    Halloween Parade Cancelled; Trick or Treat on October 30

    The 2020 Allentown Halloween Parade scheduled for Sunday, October 11 is cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic but Trick-or-Treat will be held in the city as scheduled. Mayor Ray O’Connell said, “All...

  • City & LCA Reach Tentative Settlement
    City & LCA Reach Tentative Settlement

    Negotiators for the City of Allentown and the Lehigh County Authority (LCA) have reached a tentative settlement ending years of disputes and litigation and solidifying their partnership on the concess...

  • City Offers 7 Outdoor Pickleball Courts
    City Offers 7 Outdoor Pickleball Courts

    The City of Allentown Department of Parks and Recreation has striped seven tennis courts to turn them into multi-use tennis/pickleball courts. Locations include three courts at Andre Reed (Irving) and...

Contact Information
Karen El-Chaar

Karen El-Chaar
Director of Parks and Recreation
Fax 610-437-7796

Parks and Recreation Office
3000 Parkway Blvd
M-F 8:00am—4:00pm
Phone: 610-437-7757
Fax: 610-437-7796

Allentown Municipal Golf Course
3400 W. Tilghman St
Phone: 610-395-5108
Fax: 610-395-2068
Golf Course Website