The City of Allentown Department of Parks & Recreation in partnership with Friends of the Allentown Parks is hosting an army of volunteers to conduct cleanup activities in 33 city parks and public spaces on Sunday, April 29 as part of Faith Church’s #LoveLehighValley initiative.
More than 3,000 persons participated in the event last year, up from 1,700 in 2016.
The Department of Parks and Recreation maintains 2,000+ acres of parkland in 43 parks, with 35 miles of trails. Volunteer projects assist with this monumental task to keep Allentown’s parks looking beautiful.
“The Friends of the Allentown Parks are an extremely valuable organization,” said Mayor Ray O’Connell. “They have amassed an amazing number of volunteers that will be working in parks in every section of the city. I can’t thank them enough.”
“Maintaining our parks to the highest level is our top priority,” said Department of Parks & Recreation Director Lindsay L. Taylor. “Volunteer cleanup projects allow the Parks staff to focus more time and energy on park renovations and improvements. We are most fortunate to have a dedicated group in Friends of the Allentown Parks who actively engage thousands of folks from the community to help us keep the city’s park system in tip top shape.”
Cleanup projects are set for Sunday rain or shine at 33 locations:
5th St. Playground
Andre Reed (Irving) Park
Bucky Boyle Park
Cedar Creek Parkway
Daddona Lake & Terrace (Union Terrace Park)
Fellowship East Playlot (2nd & Hamilton sts.)
Jackson St. Playground
Lil’-Le-Hi Trout Nursery
Lumber/Benton St. Playlot
Mountainville Memorial Park
Percy Ruhe Park
Salisbury Drive Playlot
South Mountain Reservoir
South Street Playlot
Trout Creek/Dog Park
Trout Creek Parkway
Participating community organizations include Faith Church, students from Muhlenberg and Cedar Crest colleges and Whitehall High School, the Allentown Library Neighborhood Association, Salisbury Township Environmental Advisory Council, The Literacy Council and ESL Classes. PPL Electric Utilities is donating tree seedlings. Special thanks for cooperation with Salisbury Township and Lehigh County.
Supplies are provided courtesy of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and PennDOT Maintenance District 5-3.
Sunday’s advanced forecast calls for sunny skies with a high temperature in the upper 50s.
For more information or to be involved in future volunteer projects, visit www.allentownparks.org or “like” Allentown Parks & Recreation or Friends of the Allentown Parks on Facebook.