With warmer weather finally approaching, the Allentown Department of Parks & Recreation is reminding visitors that the city’s renowned park system is open to all, but rules are in place, including several new rules that must be followed to enhance everyone’s safety and enjoyment.
The city has experienced increasing instances of large groups flocking to parks, especially near creeks, bringing with them amplified music, grills, and alcohol. Often, the majority of license plates indicate that visitors are not city residents. City Council recently approved tightening park rules to ensure that park users all have the ability to enjoy clean, safe and quiet parks.
The new rules include:
No swimming in creeks or stream that run through city parks.
No large group gatherings without a permit.
No amplifiers or generators without a permit.
No portable grills or building a fire anywhere other than in city provided grill box or fireplace.
No tents or temporary structures without a permit.
No alcohol without a permit.
Cars must park in designated parking areas only.
No gas powered motor vehicles of any kind allowed on the shared, multi-use paths in Lehigh Parkway, only electric powered devices no more than 36” wide, no heavier than a total of 550 pounds and having a noise level no more than 60 decibels.
Dogs are allowed in most city parks, but must be on leashes no longer than 8 feet and under control of their owner or guardian at all times.
Dogs are not permitted in the following parks or facilities within parks:
City Pools and spray parks (unless a Doggie Dip Day)
Dogs are only permitted off leash in the Dixon St. Dog Park with a member access card that is available to City of Allentown residents only.
The city will deploy field rangers and police beginning the weekend of April 28, 2018 to monitor the parks, educate park users about the new rules and issue SWEEP tickets or citations when necessary. Violators could receive fines ranging from $100 to $1,000 per violation.
Anyone seeking additional information is asked to contact the Allentown Department of Parks & Recreation at 610-437-7750 or to visit the department’s website or Facebook page.